The Conway High School Girls Basketball team received a grand sendoff Wednesday morning as they headed to compete in the state tournament.
The team, escorted by officers with the Conway Police Department, was waved off by the cheer and dance team, made a loop in front of the school where the Courtside Cats band was waiting to play them on and turned down the block to run through the Ida Burns Elementary School parking lot where hundreds of students were standing with signs, eager to cheer their team on.
Ida Burns Principal Cindy Thacker said they were excited and fortunate to have their kids participate in "such a great event."
"I always feel bless to be asked because it's a great experience for our children," she said.
Thacker said she remembers the day they sent the Conway Lady Cats off to state two years ago and excited her students were to see the team and the great experience it was for everyone.
Coach Ashley Nance said they have had an excellent season and the team "definitely felt the love" being sent off Wednesday and they appreciate the administration, teachers, staff and students who participated including the Conway High School band, which "awesome as always."
"A few of our players were teary-eyed seeing the students from Ida Burns with their signs and cheering us on," she said.
Conway Communication Specialist Heather Kendrick said the district is excited for the team and their coaches and glad they were able to send them off with music, cheers and support.
"We appreciate the cooperation and support of Mrs. Thacker and all the staff [and] teachers and the enthusiasm of all the students," she said. "Truly they represented the sentiments of the whole district today."
The Lady Cats beat Ft. Smith Northside in the 7A Girls Basketball Tournament March in North Little Rock.
The team, which holds a 27-3 record this year, will play North Little Rock in the state tournament finals at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Hot Springs, Arkansas.