Bears got support from last tourney team before big win

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BANGOR, Me (WAGM) - A local high school basketball team is looking to make going to Bangor a new tradition. Rene Cloukey has more.

The Easton girls basketball team has not been to Bangor since 1991 and hadn't won a game here since 1988, that all changed on Monday evening.

"To be here is just a really big deal for us. It's been 26 years since the lady Bears have made it to Bangor, let alone win the first game. Winning here shows the girls behind us that it's possible coming from a small school. There's so many things you can do if you work hard," said senior Elise Allen.

Two of the players on the 1988 team have daughters on this years team. They are all experiencing a win at the tournament.

(REBECCA KEEP ALLEN) "What a thrill it is to win on the floor. We didn't go on to win the whole thing but we had a great time. It was so much fun to watch our daughters play, it was wonderful," said '88 team member Rebecca Keep Allen.

"It was an awesome experience to see your kids excel in basketball, something that I loved growing up. It's been really fun watching the girls play this year. The Morin girls have really stepped it up and a lot of juniors and seniors," said '88 team member Leslie Cumming Ferris.

The support the team has received heading into the tourney has been phenomenal according to coach Bryan Shaw. He says not only the mothers who have been in the tournament in the past have talked to the team, but several also sent emails.

"Some of the mothers had and we had a good pep rally when we left the school. We got a lot of letters from players who played in the last tournament back in 1991. They're real motivational, real inspirational, and telling the girls to just go out there and have fun. That was my pep talk really, just go out there and play your game. We can't change anything now, go out and execute and we'll be fine," head coach Bryan Shaw explained.

And the Easton girls looking to make more history, they're back in action on Thursday. Reporting in Bangor I'm Rene Cloukey Newssource 8.