Bears hoping to make tourney appearances a tradition

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EASTON, Me (WAGM) - The Easton girls basketball team is coming off a season that saw the Bears reach the tourney for the first time since 1991 and win a game there for the first time since 1988. The team enjoyed the run and is hoping to make more memories there this year.

"It was a great feeling to be able to play with my teammates and how I played with the seniors that were here last year. They were sixth graders when I was in middle school, so we've been playing together all this time. It was pretty cool to experience it with them first hand," said senior Delaney Leach.

"I'm really excited for the challenge and to go back next year. There's not a lot of teams saying oh we have to watch out for Easton. I'm excited to shock them a little bit and return back to Bangor," added senior Paige Flewelling.

The Bears lost six seniors from last years squad and have brought up some 8th graders to fill out the roster.

"We're trying to show them even if we're an 8th grader or a freshman, we are all going to work together as a team. It doesn't matter what grade you're in, we're going to try to get bonding together," Leach said.

"We do boxing out, we run through plays. We make sure we go through the things that people don't know so we can fix it and make it better," senior Isabelle Morin explained.

The team returns several key players from the year before, including a versatile leader.

"It's wonderful to have a starter that I've had for at least two years now. Isabelle Morin is our floor general, she runs the floor. She runs the plays and I'm not sure if she enjoys that being a quieter girl. She knows what she's doing. She's got a great basketball brain or IQ," said head coach Bryan Shaw.

The Bears are looking forward to playing with more tempo this season and finish in the top 10 in Class D North.

"We like to go, which might not have happened early in the season. That's something that we're going to push this year. Push the ball and go go go all the time," Morin said.