The Mena senior teams traveled to Bauxite Friday night and dropped a couple of tough losses to the Miners and Lady Miners. Bauxite nipped the Bearcats 55-52 in boys action, while the Lady Miners slipped past the LadyCats 35-33.
With the 55-52 loss, the Mena boys fall to 8-2 in 4A-Region 7 conference play. The Bearcats, now 17-6 overall, still have a one game lead over Arkadelphia in the league standings with one week to go before the conference tournament at the Union Bank Center.
In the girls contest, the LadyCats jumped out to a 19-4 lead, and looked to be well on their way to victory. Bauxite cut the Mena lead to 19-8 at the half. Mena still led 23-16 after the third quarter. The Lady Miners outscored the LadyCats 19-10 in the fourth quarter to squeak out the two point win at 35-33. The Mena girls fell to 6-4 in the conference, and 11-10 overall.
On Tuesday night, January 29th, Mena hosted the De Queen senior teams at the Union Bank Center in action heard live on KQOR 105.3.
In the senior boys contest, Mena fell behind 11-8 early, but finished the opening quarter on an 8-0 run. The Bearcats outscored the Leopards 32-14 in the second quarter to put the game away at intermission, as Mena took a commanding 48-25 lead into the locker room. The Bearcats cruised to the easy 69-45 victory.
Connor Harvey paced three Bearcats in double figures with 20. Nick Myers chipped in with 17. Daniel Davis added 13. For the Leopards, Davin Burgess had 15 and Hayden Harp added 13.
In the senior girls contest, Mena jumped out to a 15-10 lead before the state-ranked Lady Leopards ended the first half on a 24-8 run to take a 34-23 lead at the half. De Queen went on to win 56-45.
Paige Evans led the LadyCats with 16 points. Emily Wagner and Gracie Lyle added seven each. Ashlyn Chambers led De Queen, now 21-2 on the year, with 15 points.
The Mena teams will wrap up conference play this week before hosting the 4A-Region 7 conference tournament February 11th through the 16th at the Union Bank Center. The top four teams in the conference tournament advance to the regional tournament the following week. The regional tournament will also be hosted by Mena at the Union Bank Center.