BY EASTON LEONARD –
On Saturday, December 9th, the Acorn Jr. Lady Tigers took on the Mena Jr. Ladycats in the championship game of the Union Bank Jr. Invitational Basketball Tournament.
The Lady Tigers entered Saturday’s championship game with tournament wins over Arkansas High and Fayetteville, as Mena entered with wins against Umpire and DeQueen.
Both Acorn and Mena went back-and-forth in a close first quarter of action, as the Lady Tigers edged Mena 16-14, to take a two point lead into the second. The Lady Tigers caught a little traction in the second quarter, outscoring Mena 9-2, to take a nine point, 25-16, lead into halftime.
Emily Wagner led the Ladycats with 6 points at the half, as Halli Holland led Acorn with 17 points.
In a low scoring third quarter, only thirteen total points were scored, as Acorn outscored the Ladycats 7-6, to take a ten point, 32-22, lead into the final quarter of play. The Lady Tigers put the hammer down in the fourth quarter, extending their lead and outscoring Mena 18-13, to win the game by fifteen, 50-35.
Halli Holland of Acorn was awarded the Player of the Game award, as Gracie Lyle of the Ladycats was awarded the Hustle Award.
Hannah Stockton led the Mena Jr. Ladycats with 12 points in game, while Ally Wright added on 9 points, Emily Wagner and Gracie Lyle 6 points, and Brenna Aynes 2 points.
Halli Holland led the Acorn Jr. Lady Tigers with 24 points on the night, as Sunshine Butterfield scored 13 points, Corryn Holland 6 points, Ashlynn Bissell 3 points, and Strother and Goss 2 points each.