Gaston girls overcome slow start, defeat Westbrook


Westbrook’s Chloe Sanders and Gaston’s Destiny Allen battle for possession during Friday’s game. (Photo by Dave Hyatt | Gadsden Times)


Gaston overcame a slow start with a strong defensive effort for a 39-20 win over Westbrook Christian in a Class 2A, Area 11 girls high school basketball game Friday.

The Bulldogs (7-8) allowed only a single layup in the first quarter and had yielded just six points at halftime. For the contest, the Warriors (5-12) had just seven field goals.

“I think we had four or five turnovers (to start the game),” Gaston coach Tonya Bogle said. “Once we got in the flow, we wanted to press them and not let them get into the flow. We did a good job at it. They had a lot of turnovers and we had a lot of steals.”

In the first half, Westbrook committed 17 turnovers before taking better care of the ball in the final two quarters.

The first quarter was littered with turnovers and missed shots on both sides. With just 2 minutes remaining, the game was tied at 2, with Gaston’s Destiny Allen and Westbrook’s Kennedy Vice scoring the only buckets. Kierra Porter scored on a jumper and a layup before the end of the period to give the Bulldogs a lead they held for the final three quarters.

Gaston’s offense finally got in gear in the second quarter, while Westbrook managed little offense. Porter scored back-to-back baskets late to lift the Bulldogs to a 19-6 halftime lead.

“Kierra kept us in the game in the first half,” Bogle said. “Offensively, we did OK, better than the last couple of games. We had a better effort.”

Despite limiting turnovers in the second half, the Warriors were unable to get many shots to fall. The closest Westbrook got in the last two periods was 25-14 following a free throw by Wells Ford with 1:56 left in the third quarter. Porter and Abby Elrod hit shots to extend the lead to 29-14 heading into the fourth.

Porter added a bucket in the final quarter to cap off a 16-point night, which led all scorers.

Elrod totaled nine points for Gaston.

Abby Lockridge’s eight points led Westbrook. Vice chipped in six points.