As the number four seed from the 7-4A Conference, the Mena LadyCats had the misfortune of drawing the number one seed from the 8-4A Conference, the Star City Lady Bulldogs, in the opening round of the 4A South Regional Tournament Wednesday night at the Union Bank Center. Star City dominated the young LadyCats 58-25 to end the season for Mena.
The Lady Bulldogs, now 24-4 on the year, used a tenacious full court press and man-to-man defense to dominate the contest from the opening tip. The Lady Bulldogs led 12-4 after the opening quarter. Star City outscored Mena 22-7 in the second quarter to take a 34-11 lead into the locker room at half. Ally Wright led Mena at the half with three points. Kiara Kesterson, Tateli Thacker, Emily Wagner, and Paige Evans had two points each at intermission.
Star City continued to pour it on in the second half. The Lady Bulldogs extended the lead to 54-21 at the end of the third quarter, invoking the sportsmanship rule. With the clock running continuously in the fourth quarter, both teams emptied their benches. The Lady Bulldogs went on to post the 58-25 victory.
The LadyCats finish the season with a 13-14 record. Tateli Thacker is the lone senior on the Mena girls team. Sophomores Gracie Lyle, Hannah Stockton, and Emily Wagner, as well as the other Mena underclassmen, gained valuable postseason experience in the regional tournament. Coach Scott Wright and the LadyCats can certainly learn from the experience and look forward to a very bright future.