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The Mena Ladycats controlled every aspect of the game against Arkadelphia, defeating the Lady Badgers by 30 points, 50-20. Jacquelyn Johnson led all-scorers and the Ladycats with 11 points. With the victory Mena improved to 8-4 in 4A-7 Conference play and 12-11 overall on the season.
The Ladycats opened up the game on a 15-0 run and led 17-5 at the end of the first quarter. Madelyn Brotherton guided the Ladycats in the first with a pair of lay-ups. Johnson and Kenzi Spurgin each drilled three-pointers, while Samantha Pearson knocked down three-of-four free throws. Marley Jones and Macy Brotherton each tossed in buckets to round out the opening quarter scoring.
Arkadelphia opened the second quarter hitting a three-pointer and then the Ladycats went on a mini 6-0 run. Madelyn Brotherton and Johnson each hit two-of-two from the charity stripe, while Lexi Brooks drove the baseline and kissed one in off the glass. The Lady Badgers hit another three-ball and then each team closed out the second quarter scoring three points. Pearson made a great pass to Brooks who laid one in off the backboard, while Brooke Hines hit one-of-two from the stripe. The Ladycats took a 26-14 lead to the locker room at halftime.
Mena came out and started the third quarter on an 8-1 run. Macy Brotherton led the Ladycats with a pair of lay-ups on the run. Johnson hit a 12-foot jumper and drove the lane with a lay-up to put Mena up, 34-15. The Ladycats closed out the third outscoring the Lady Badgers 11-3 in the final 3:25. Macy Brotherton tossed in the first two buckets from the paint, while Madelyn Brotherton and Johnson followed suits with lay-ups of their own. Keeley Jones closed out the third draining a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Mena a 45-18 lead at the end of the quarter.
Brooks started off the final quarter with nailing a 14-foot jumper, while Hines threw one in off the glass to activate the mercy rule continuous clock and later hit one-of-two from the line. Arkadelphia’s only points came from the charity stripe with :40 to play in the game. The Ladycats won the 4A-7 Conference battle 50-20.
Jacquelyn Johnson led all-scorers with 11 points, Macy Brotherton was the only other Ladycat in double digits with 10 points. Madelyn Brotherton added eight points, Lexi Brooks scored six points, Brooke Hines finished with four points, while Keeley Jones, Kenzi Spurgin and Samantha Pearson each scored three points. Marley Jones rounded out the Ladycats scoring with two points. Mena shot 56% from the line (9-of-16), while Arkadelphia shot 58% (7-of-12).