BY EASTON LEONARD –
The hometown Mena Bearcats took on the Warren Lumberjacks, on Wednesday, February 22, at Nashville High School, in the 4A South Regional Basketball Tournament.
Mena’s Cross Hughes led the team with seven of their eight points in the first quarter, but the Lumberjacks’ offense was able to put up fifteen, to hold a 15-8 lead after one. In the second quarter, Warren’s number twenty-three scored six of their thirteen points, compared to the Bearcats only seven points. Making the score 28-15 at halftime.
Number four led Warren with 8 points at the half, while Cross Hughes led the Bearcats with 7 points.
Warren had their highest scoring quarter in the third, as the Bearcats defense allowed twenty points, while their offense was able to put up only eleven, to make the score 48-26 in favor of the Lumberjacks going into the final quarter of play. The Lumberjacks continued to extend their lead in the fourth, as Mena was outscored 16-9. Making the final score 64-35 in favor of Warren.
Cross Hughes led the Mena Bearcats with 14 points on the night, as Connor Harvey and Blake Seals chipped in 9 points of their own, number thirty-four 2 points and number twenty-five 1 point.
The Mena Bearcats finished their season with a 14-16 record (according to MaxPreps.com), and won ten of their last eleven regular season games.
Congratulations to Coach Powell, seniors Darius Simms and Austin Wagner, as well as the rest of the Bearcats on a great season.