The Mena senior teams split a pair on the road at Arkadelphia Friday night. The LadyCats defeated the Lady Badgers 47-33, while the Bearcats lost to the Arkadelphia boys 56-43.
The LadyCats were led in scoring by Grayson Fairless with 16 points. The Mena girls improved to 13-12 on the season and 8-4, tied with Nashville for second place, in 4A Region 7 conference play.
The LadyCats will be the three seed in the conference tournament at Malvern this week. The top four teams in the conference tournament advance to regionals the following week at Crossett.
The Bearcats lost to the Badgers in senior boys action 56-43 Friday night in Arkadelphia.
The Bearcats are 5-17 on the year and 2-10 in league play.
On Tuesday, the Mena senior teams traveled to Nashville and split a pair of contests, with the LadyCats pulling off a huge 54-47 victory over the Scrapperettes, while the Nashville boys defeated the Bearcats 58-27.
Nashville jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the girls game, but the LadyCats pulled to within 10-9 at the end of the first quarter on a three pointer by Gracie Lyle.
The Mena girls took the lead for the first time at 11-10 early in the second quarter on a nice pass from Lyle to Emily Wagner down low. That sparked a brilliant second quarter that saw Mena outscore Nashville 18-4 to take a 27-14 lead into the locker room at halftime.
But the Scrapperettes, who won at Mena by 17 points earlier this season, battled back to cut the Mena lead to two at the end of the third quarter at 35-33.
Then Gracie Lyle hit four straight three pointers to open the fourth quarter to extend the Mena lead to 47-39.
The LadyCats held off Nashville the rest of the way for the 54-47 win.
Lyle led Mena with 20 points.
The LadyCats are 12-12 on the season. But more importantly, the Mena girls improved to 7-4 in 4A Region 7 Conference play, tied for second place with both Nashville and Bauxite.
The boys contest wasn’t close as Nashville jumped off to a 19-5 lead after the first quarter and extended the lead to 32-13 at halftime.
The Scrappers rolled to the 58-27 victory.
The Bearcats fell to 5-16 on the season, and they’re tied for sixth place in the league at 2-9.