BY EASTON LEONARD –
On Monday, January 22nd, the Mena Jr. Ladycats hosted the Ashdown Pantherettes at Jim Rackley Gymnasium. Prior to the junior high varsity game, the Junior High JV Ladycats blew out their opponents 31-5.
In a very low scoring first quarter, Mena outscored the Scrapperettes by two, 4-2. Both teams continued to play good defense in the second quarter, as only ten total points were scored, to tie the score up at eight points apiece at halftime.
Emily Wagner led the Jr. Ladycats with 4 points at the half, as Greenlee led Ashdown with 4 points.
The Pantherettes fought back their lead in the third quarter, outscoring Mena 12-8, to take a four point, 20-16, lead into the fourth quarter. Mena kept the game close in the final quarter of play, but was never able to regain their lead. Down by four in the final seconds of the game, Ally Wright hit a deep three pointer, but the Jr. Ladycats fell short by one in the end, 30-29.
Smith led the Ashdown Pantherettes with 10 points in the game, while Greenlee added on 7 points, Hill 6 points, Randle 5 points, and Cook 1 point.
Hannah Stockton led the Mena Jr. Ladycats with 11 points, as Gracie Lyle and Ally Wright scored 6 points each, Emily Wagner 4 points, and Grayson Fairless 2 points.
Later in the week, the Jr. Ladycats traveled to Arkadelphia and won by two, 31-29, and on Monday, Mena hosted Hot Springs.