The Mena Bearcats improved to 8-1 in 4A-Region 7 conference play with an impressive 69-45 win over DeQueen Tuesday night at the Union Bank Center in action heard live on KQOR 105.3. Meanwhile the LadyCats dropped a 56-45 decision to a tough DeQueen senior girls squad.
The Bearcats fell behind 11-8 early on but exploded to go on an 8-0 run to end the first quarter, and outscored DeQueen 32-14 in the second quarter to take a commanding 48-25 lead into the locker room at half. Connor Harvey had 16, and Nick Myers and Daniel Davis had 11 each at intermission. The Bearcats went on to build a thirty point lead and invoke the sportsmanship rule in the second half to post the 69-45 win. Connor Harvey finished with 22, Nick Myers chipped in with 15, and Daniel Davis added 13. Davin Burgess led DeQueen with 15. The Bearcats improved to 18-5 on the season and 8-1 in the league.
The LadyCats jumped to a 15-10 lead in the girls game, before the highly regarded Lady Leopards heated up from the perimeter. DeQueen went on a 24-8 run to take a 34-23 lead at halftime. The Lady Leopards went on to post the 11 point victory at 56-45. Paige Evans led Mena with 16 points. Emily Wagner and Gracie Lyle added seven each. Ashlyn Chambers led DeQueen with 15, as the Lady Leopards improved to 20-2 on the year, and remained unbeaten in 4A-Region 7. The LadyCats fell to 11-9 on the season and 6-3 in conference action.