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2/27/08-Martin's Mill

Barncastle's Prepare For Last Week Together As Player & Coach

A family that plays together stays together.

For the Barncastle's that means staying in the state tournament. In Doug's first year as head coach with the Martin's Mill Lady Mustangs, Jordan's first with the team, the girls won state. Jordan was named tournament MVP.

Now, Jordan is set to play her last week of high school basketball, ending their father and daughter's time as coach and player.

"Just having my dad as coach has been a part of my life for so long it's going to be a little crazy and very different to not have that," Jordan said.

"To be honest with you, I really haven't wanted to admit to that yet," Coach Barncastle said. "It's different, but you know you still have the coach in you that you have to keep moving on coaching everybody else up. Hopefully it will end on a good note,winning a state championship. I think that would be bitter sweet."

Though he will not be her coach after this week, Jordan said he will always dad.

Daughter hopes to do something special for him. Wednesday was Coach Barncastle's birthday. The team has vowed to get him a state title.

"That would be the best present he would receive," Jordan said, "so we hope to make that happen."

Jordan and the Lady Mustangs try for the perfect birthday gift, Thursday at 10 a.m. against Lindsay.

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