BY EASTON LEONARD –
On Thursday, November 9th, Cossatot Junior High basketball hosted Mena at Cossatot River High School.
In the first game of the night, the seventh grade Jr. Ladycats defeated Cossatot 18-10, as Madi Lyle of Mena contributed 7 points. For the second game, the seventh grade Jr. Bearcats were led by Silas McIntyre’s 10 points to a 27-12 victory over the Jr. Eagles.
Following the two seventh grade games, the Cossatot Jr. High Varsity Lady Eagles matched up against the Jr. Ladycats on their home court. The Jr. Lady Eagles won the tip-off, but Mena scored the first eleven points of the game and outscored Cossatot 11-2 in the first quarter. The Jr. Ladycats continued to hang onto their healthy lead in the second quarter, as Mena outscored the Jr. Lady Eagles 12-10, to take a 23-12 lead into halftime.
At halftime, Hannah Stockton led the Jr. Ladycats with 9 points, as Kaylin McKee and Jaden Dering led Cossatot with 3 points each.
In the third quarter, the Jr. Lady Eagles gained a little traction on Mena, outscoring the Jr. Ladycats 8-6, to head into the final quarter down by only six points. Mena held onto their lead in the fourth quarter, holding the Jr. Lady Eagles to only four points, to finish the game and win 32-24.
Kaylin McKee led the Cossatot Jr. Lady Eagles with 6 points on the evening, as Tommie Whitmire added on 5 points, Kortlyn McKee and Jaden Dering 4 points each, Kayla Richardson 3 points, and Sasha Richardson 2 points.
Hannah Stockton led the Mena Jr. Ladycats in scoring with 11 points, while Gracie Lyle scored 8 points of her own, Emily Wagner 6 points, Ally Wright and Brenna Aynes 3 points, and number thirty-three 1 point.
For the final Jr. High game of the night, the Jr. Bearcats and Jr. Eagles took the court for a competitive game of basketball. Mena jumped on the Jr. Eagles early, scoring the first twelve points, and outscoring Cossatot 14-6 in the first quarter. The Jr. Bearcats took an eight point lead into the second quarter of play, and went on to extend their lead, as Cossatot was held to only one point. Taking a twenty-one point, 28-7, lead into halftime.
Mason Brotherton led Mena with 12 points at the half, while three players led the Jr. Eagles in scoring with 2 points each.
The Jr. Bearcats did not let up at all in the third quarter, as Mena outscored the Jr. Eagles 10-6, to take a twenty-five point, 38-13, lead into the final quarter of play. The Mena defense held the Jr. Eagles to only three points in the fourth quarter, as the Jr. Bearcats extended their lead to thirty-one to defeat Cossatot 47-16.
Burke led the Cossatot Jr. Eagles in scoring with 5 points, as Taylor and Beck added on 3 points each, Victor Trinidad and Medina 2 points each, and Lucas Trinidad 1 point.
Micah Wilson led the Mena Jr. Bearcats with 14 points on the night, while Mason Brotherton scored 12 points of his own, Sam Efird 8 points, Matthew McCravens and Liam Hastey 4 points each, Max Montgomery and Jake Wiles 2 points each, and number ten 1 point.