By Chris Parker
Missouri Sports activities Corridor of Famer Lynn Lengthy returns as a head coach this yr taking on the Conway Women Basketball program. Lengthy enters his forty second season as a highschool varsity coach with 22 years as a boys head coach and 20 years as a ladies head coach.
He watched the Woman Bears of their district event final yr, which is what introduced him to take over as head coach this yr.
“I watched them play of their district event final yr and was impressed with all of the younger expertise that that they had developing, and I do know lots of people who had been accustomed to this system and so they all had good issues to say about it,” Lengthy stated.
Conway has skilled back-to-back seven-win seasons, which is one thing Lengthy is seeking to change.
“We have to change the tradition to one in all anticipating to achieve success, and be keen to do the issues that profitable groups do,” Lengthy stated. “I’m assured that our gamers will purchase in to what we ask them to do and we have now sufficient expertise and depth to succeed.”
Junior Graceson Cromer returns after incomes first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore. She averaged 14 factors and 5 rebounds per sport whereas flattening greater than 50 3-point photographs.
“Graceson could be very athletic. She is fast, robust and has loads of expertise,” Lengthy stated. “I count on her to be probably the greatest gamers within the space. I believe she’s going to lead us to a profitable season, each along with her scoring, management, competitiveness and protection.”
Jameson Cromer and Emily Lewis will probably be two leaders for the staff. Cromer, the staff’s greatest shooter, hit greater than 60 3-point photographs final yr on her strategy to a scoring common of 9.5 ppg. Lewis added in 3.5 factors and 5 rebounds per sport. She serves as a vocal chief.
Breanna Thompson is a sophomore put up participant returns after lacking most of her freshman yr as a result of a torn ACL. She is a powerful rebounder who runs the ground effectively. Lakyn Shelton is a powerful defender who can shoot inside or outdoors. Shelton averaged 4 ppg final yr.
Hayley Williams is a senior who’s aggressive on offense and is an efficient rebounder. Classmate Brooke Dill brings quickness and nice instincts, which will probably be belongings in Conway’s press.
Sophomores Reese Atkison, Gracey Vestal and Makenna Shifflet together with freshman Lauren Wissabaum will look to make an impression on varsity. Atikson is a switch from Marshfield who’s fast and aggressive. Vestal is without doubt one of the staff’s prime shooters. Shifflet can also be a guard who shoots the three effectively. Wissbaum will make her mark within the put up.
“We are going to play up-tempo utilizing numerous presses on protection, and attempt to run at each alternative on offense. We must always have sufficient depth to fatigue our opponents,” Lengthy stated.
Conway opens the season on Nov. 23 at Cabool.
“I count on us to enhance because the season goes alongside and be aggressive in each our convention and district,” Lengthy stated. “Now we have the potential to be an excellent staff earlier than the season is over.”