The Mena Bearcats and LadyCats traveled to Nashville Friday night, January 11th in action heard live on KQOR 105.3. The LadyCats defeated the Scrapperettes 59-49, while the Bearcats suffered their first loss in conference play 68-55 at the hands of the Scrappers.
The LadyCats led Nashville 25-23 at intermission. Mena extended the lead to 41-37 after three quarters. The LadyCats outscored Nashville 18-12 in the final quarter to pull away for the ten point victory at 59-49.
Tateli Thacker was brilliant for the LadyCats with 26 points. Hannah Stockton added 10. The LadyCats improve to 8-8 on the season, and 3-2 in league play.
In boys action, Mena led Nashville 17-16 after the opening quarter. The Scrappers outscored the Bearcats 15-9 in the second quarter to take a 31-26 lead into the locker room at half. Nashville extended the lead to 45-33 after the third quarter, and pulled away for the 13 point win 68-55. Zeb Wilson led the Bearcats with 13 points. Daniel Davis pitched in 12. Connor Harvey chipped in with 11. Nick Myers was also in double figures with 10. Brock Strother added eight.
The loss was the first in conference play for the Mena boys. The Bearcats are now 4-1 in league play, and 13-5 overall.
Tuesday night’s action at Arkadelphia marked the final games for the Mena teams of the opening round of the double round robin schedule in conference play. The Mena teams will host the 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.