By Loki DeWitt
On February 10, both the Bearcats and Ladycats varsity basketball teams played their final regular-season basketball games as they faced off against the Hope Bobcats.
The Ladycats began the night dominating the Bobcats in a one-sided affair. While the Bobcats did not provide much in the way of competition, the Ladycats still put on a fantastic performance. Some of the key players in the game included Brooklyn Pennington and Madi Lyle who each put up six points, while Emily Leonard and Gracie Lyle put up seven each. It was the combined effort of the whole team that led the Ladycats to an impressive 44 to 21 victory.
The Bearcats were up next, and they played with heart and scrappiness as they sought to complete the sweep of Hope. Despite the fantastic efforts of players such as Sam Efird who banked thirteen points and Trey Day who dazzled with an impressive twenty-three points, the Bearcats fell short with a final score 43 to 47.
The two teams were scheduled to play the Malvern Leopards next, but those games were canceled due to inclement weather.
Unfortunately, the Bearcats would see their season come to a close as they faced off against the Bauxite Miners in the first round of the 7-4A District Tournament. While again putting in a valiant effort, the Bearcats came up short with a final score of 42-48.
While the Bearcats season has drawn to a close, the Ladycats still have a chance to continue their dominant ways and extend their win streak as they enter their own side of the 7-4A District Tournament. They will face off against the winner of the Fountain Lake Lady Cobras and the Arkadelphia Lady Badgers, which was postponed due to inclement weather.
The Mena Ladycats will play at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Union Bank Center.