Last Thursday, November 15 th , the Mena Ladycats and Bearcats basketball teams hosted Booneville at the Union Bank Center for their season and home openers. To begin the afternoon, Coach Wright’s Ladycats took on the Lady Bearcats from Booneville. The Mena defense held Booneville to only five point in the first quarter, as Hannah Stockton led the Ladycats with 4 points. In the second quarter, Mena extended its lead to seventeen, as Paige Evans scored 8 points in the quarter, to help outscore Booneville 14-3, making the halftime score 25-8. At the half, number five led Booneville with 5 points, as Keira Kesterson and Paige Evans both led the Ladycats with 8 points a piece. In the third quarter of play, Mena outscored the Lady Bearcats 15-9, to extend the Ladycats lead to twenty-three, going into the final quarter with the score 40-17. Booneville outscored the Ladycats 10-7 in the fourth and final quarter of play, but fell short in the end by twenty, 47-27, as the Mena Ladycats opened up their season with a win. Paige Evans led the Ladycats with 12 points on the night, while Hannah Stockton and Kiera Kesterson both added on 8 points each, Cadie Cannon, Gracie Lyle, Tateli Thacker, and Emily Wagner 4 points a piece, and Andi Maechler 3 points.
In the finale game of the evening, the Mena senior high boys took on the Bearcats of Booneville. In a fast paced first quarter, Mena outscored Booneville 16-8, as Harvey led with 7 points in the quarter. Daniel Davis led Mena in outscoring Booneville 16-6 in the second quarter, as he scored 6 points of his own, to make the halftime score 32-14. Connor Harvey led Mena with 12 points at halftime, as number ten led Booneville with 6 points. Booneville outscored Mena 20-14 in the third quarter of play, to cut Mena’s lead to twelve, 46-34, going into the final quarter. In the fourth quarter, Booneville again outscored Mena, but came up short by eight points when the final buzzer sounded, with a final score of 65-57. Connor Harvey led the Bearcats with 26 points, while Nick Myers tipped in 16 points of his own, Daniel Davis 11 points, David Grenier 8 points, and Micah Wilson 4 points.