Conway’s historic run falls short in Lower State Final

conghoops-23gcThe Conway High girls basketball team had already made school history when the Lady Tigers entered Saturday’s SCHSL Class 5A Lower State Final at the Florence Civic Center. Midway through the showdown with No. 1-ranked Goose Creek, they appeared ready to make some more.

Conway built a 25-23 halftime lead over the Lady Gators and sent an early message that the Lady Tigers were not ready to end the deepest playoff run in school history. But Goose Creek cranked up the defensive pressure in the second half to claim a 60-38 victory and the state title berth that came with it.

The Lady Tigers (17-7) appeared a bit starstruck in the unfamiliar championship atmosphere, but they found their groove in the second quarter. Conway outscored Goose Creek 20-11 in the frame to claim a 25-24 halftime lead.

But the charge seemed to trigger the competitive spirit of the Lady Gators in the second half. Goose Creek used an 18-7 edge in the third to build a double-digit lead, and pulled away for the easy victory.

Conway finished the season as the program’s first region champion since 1983 and made advanced to the Lower State final for the first time ever.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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