Gaston girls beat Portland Christian to get back on track after five consecutive losses

A 1-5 record is not usually something that has a coach excited. However, Gaston girls basketball coach Lono Waiwaiole says that the Lady Greyhounds are taking steps forward.

“We’ve been a work in progress,” Waiwaiole said. “We’ve been moving in the right direction slowly, but surely. Across the board, we’ve been improving.”

Gaston lost its first five games of the season, but the Greyhounds finally got into the win column last week by defeating Portland Christian 53-50. Waiwaiole was very happy with the way the Hounds competed against a program that has historically been hard on Gaston.

“That was the best we’ve played either on offense or defense,” Waiwaiole said. “I was super pleased. No one can remember it happening before (beating Portland Christian), so we were super excited to come out ahead of those guys.”

Waiwaiole said that the result against Portland Christian was the culmination of the progress that the Hounds have been making.

“There was one of two ways it could have turned out,” Waiwaiole said. “We had showed previous to that that we could play like that. We’ve been heading in that direction. They just continued to progress. It was about what we expected if we played up to our ability, which we haven’t been doing. But, we had seen flashes of being able to do it and that night it came together.”

Being only six games into his tenure as the Hounds’ coach, Waiwaiole says that the girls are still adjusting to his system.

“That’s been an adjustment too,” Waiwaiole said.

But, as players and coaches adjust to each other, Waiwaiole is happy that the Hounds have gotten a difficult portion of their schedule is over.

“We’re right on track for where I want us to be,” Waiwaiole said. “Our league games are not as difficult as our pre-league games were. So we should be in pretty good shape for league.”

Looking forward, Waiwaiole says that if the Hounds continue improving, they will able to produce more wins like they had against Portland Christian.

“We just need to keep doing what we’re doing,” Waiwaiole said. “If they continue to get more comfortable in both our offensive scheme and our defensive scheme, they’ll continue to have more games like they had against Portland Christian. I expect them to keep moving in that direction.”

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