Nestucca dominates offensively for four quarters in a 49-23 rout

From the get-go, the Gaston girl's basketball team had a rough night. From trouble inbounding the ball to difficulty snagging rebounds, the Greyhounds eventually fell to league rival Nestucca 49-23 Tuesday night.

Gaston kept the game close early on, only down by two points at 4-2, but the Bobcats went on a 14-0 run, constructing a first period score of 16-2 in favor of the Cats.

As the Greyhounds tried to run the basics of high school basketball they were repeatedly schooled by the more experience Bobcats.

'We are getting better day, every game. That is how we are taking things one step at a time,' said coach Derek Anderson after the game.

Despite effort and hustle the Greyhounds went into halftime with a daunting 28-9 deficit to think about.

Gaston showed flashes of play that was equal Nestucca's, but it was often followed by equal amounts of lackluster play. The Greyhounds are obviously a work in progress, but as coach Anderson said, that progress is coming along everyday.

'One game we have one to two minutes of great flashes then the next game its three or four minutes," he said. "That's what we are building on each game.'

Nestucca on the offensive and defensive side of the ball from start to finish dominated the third quarter. In fact, it was not until there was 1:30 remaining in the quarter that Gaston put up any points on a jumper by sophomore Marissa Hedin. Hedin would end the night with four points, but had to leave the game in the fourth quarter after sustaining a minor back injury. The third quarter ended with a buzzer beating shot by Gaston senior Jessica Cox.

The fourth quarter was dominated by rough play as three other players left the game with injuries. Fellow Greyhounds Courtney Fassold and Ambree Richter would both leave with arm injuries while Nestucca's Jessica Windle would leave with an ankle injury.

After 32 minutes of play the Bobcats clearly came out on top with a final score of 49-23. But, as coach Anderson said, those flashes of solid play are becoming more frequent and the team is getting better everyday.

Gaston will take on No. 1 ranked Portland Christian Academy on Thursday, and then take on their own alumni Friday night, in what promises to be one of - if not their most - anticipated game of the season.

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