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Bears beat Tigers in homecourt battle

Cromer scores 1,000th career point

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Claws came out during Monday night’s girls basketball game between the Seymour Tigers and Conway Bears. The Bears started conference play off right with a dominative win over the reputable Seymour squad.

The Conway girls showed unity as they took immediate control of the game in the first half, holding over a 20-point lead for the entirety of the match-up.

“We got off to a slow start [this season], we have played a couple of tough teams and we really needed this win,” said Conway Head Coach Lynn Long. “We had them down 30 at one point and I wish we would have kept it at 30 because it would have made quite the statement.”

The #8 seed Seymour Tigers were coming off of an impressive championship win over the home team in the Morrisville Girls Basketball Tournament last weekend. The Tigers upset the #1 seed, Marshfield in the first round (51-45) before defeating Hillcrest (62-50) to proceed to the championship game. The momentum was hot, however the Seymour squad couldn’t keep its streak. 

“The [Seymour Tigers] are well coached and have gotten a lot better. I didn’t realize how good they were going to be this year,” Long added. “They beat good quality teams in their tournament last week and then were close with a good Forsyth team… It shows our kids what we can do if we play hard and play together.“

Along with a win, one player on the Bears squad had extra reason to celebrate. Senior Bear Graceson Cromer started the game with 992 career points. After scoring several early in the game, she reached her 1,000 point milestone, which was recognized afterward.

“She has worked hard. Players that work hard and stick with it are the ones that deserve it. I know she really wanted it and told her if she just stuck with it she would get it,” Long said. 

“If she only had eight points tonight I would have been really disappointed. I wanted her to get 28 points… She has worked hard and loves to play. She is always there and always ready to play. It feels good to have someone work hard and do it. It is not easy and you have to keep at it.”

The Conway Bears bounced back the next day and traveled for a game against Crocker Dec. 7 after print deadline. The Marshfield Mail will have more in an Area Roundup in the Dec. 15 edition.

“I think we will be pretty good before it is all over,” he added. “We are a work in progress and I think we will be better than we were last year and I’m excited about the season.”

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