BY EASTON LEONARD –
On Monday, January 22nd, the Mena Jr. High Bearcats took on the Ashdown Jr. Panthers at Jim Rackley Gymnasium. Before the junior high varsity game, the Junior High JV Bearcats won a close one by six, 19-13.
Mena took an early lead in a close ballgame in the first quarter, and managed to outscore the Panthers 11-9. Little by little, extending their lead, the Jr. Bearcats outscored Ashdown 6-3, to take a five point, 17-12, lead into halftime.
At the half, Mason Brotherton led Mena with 8 points, while Harris led the Panthers with 5 points.
Continuing to control the pace of the game, Mena extended their lead a bit more in the third quarter, outscoring the Panthers 12-9, to take an eight point, 29-21, lead into the fourth quarter. The Jr. Bearcats didn’t let up one bit in the final quarter of play, extending their lead to twelve, and making the final score 43-31, by outscoring their opponents 14-10.
Harris led the Ashdown Jr. Panthers with 10 points, as Williams scored 9 points of his own, Turner 7 points, Day 3 points, and Benton 2 points.
On Thursday of last week, the Jr. Bearcats traveled to Arkadelphia and defeated the Jr. Badgers in overtime, 58-52. This Monday, January 29th, Mena hosted Hot Springs at Jim Rackley Gymnasium.