Gatesville's Rebekah Nolte shoots from the free-throw line on Dec. 21 against Waco La Vega at Gatesville High School.

Chris Carroll hasn’t actually pinched himself, though the thought bounced around his mind a few times.

His Gatesville girls basketball team is in the middle of a dream season, one the sixth-year coach said he envisioned would arrive a year from now. Carroll isn’t complaining, of course, and his Fightin’ Hornets have yet to veer from what has earned them a Texas Association of Basketball Coaches No. 8 ranking in Class 4A and an eye-popping 26-1 record with six regular-season games remaining.

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