It was senior night at the Union Bank Center Friday night and the Mena teams split with Bauxite. The LadyCats pulled out a thrilling 41-37 victory, while the Mena boys fell 40-27 in action heard live on KQOR 105.3.
Kiara Kesterson hit a three pointer at the end of the third quarter to give Mena a 31-30 lead. The LadyCats rode that momentum by outscoring Bauxite 10-7 in the fourth quarter to post the 41-37 victory to improve to 11-12 on the season. Emily Wagner led the LadyCats in scoring with 11 points. The LadyCats are 6-4 in 4A Region 7 play, just a half game now behind Bauxite at 7-4, and one game behind Nashville for second place in the conference standings. Mena closes out the regular season this week with contests on the road against Nashville and Arkadelphia.
In the boys contest, the Bearcats led a low scoring contest until the fourth quarter. Mena led 6-5 after the opening quarter, and 12-11 at the half. Mena led 24-21 after three quarters. The Mena boys led by as many as six points in that third quarter. But the Miners outscored the Bearcats 19-3 in the final quarter to pull out the win at 40-27. David Grenier led the Bearcats with 12 points on the night. The length of the Miners inside with a 6’7″ player and a 6’5″ player gave the Bearcats trouble with scoring. The Mena boys fell to 5-15 on the year.