The Mena LadyCats made a nice run in the 4A Region 7 Conference Tournament last week in Malvern. The Mena girls brought home the runners-up trophy Saturday night after dropping a hard fought 33-26 decision to the De Queen Lady Leopards in the championship contest heard live on KQOR 105.3.
The LadyCats took their only lead of the night at 3-0 after Ali Wright connected on a three pointer to open the game. De Queen outscored Mena 13-2 during the rest of the opening quarter to take a 13-5 lead. Gracie Lyle knocked down a three pointer to open the second quarter to pull the LadyCats to within five. However, De Queen took an 18-10 lead into the locker room at the half. The Lady Leopards led 29-17 at the end of the third quarter. Mena outscored De Queen 9-4 in the fourth quarter. But it wasn’t enough as De Queen defeated the LadyCats 33-26.
Hannah Stockton and Ali Wright led Mena with six points each. Gracie Lyle and Kiara Kesterson had five points each.
The LadyCats reached the finals of the tournament with a thrilling 48-46 victory over Nashville on Thursday. Kiara Kesterson hit a pair of clutch free throws to tie the game at 46 with less than a minute to play. After Nashville missed two free throws, Hannah Stockton hit the winning shot with 3.9 seconds to play. Grayson Fairless led the LadyCats in the semifinal win with 11 points.
The Mena girls won their opener in the conference tournament on Tuesday by a final score of 51-44 over Hope. Paige Evans had a dozen points to lead Mena. Hannah Stockton pitched in with nine. Emily Wagner added eight.
Coach Scott Wright’s LadyCats take a 15-13 record into the 4A South Regional Tournament this week at Crossett. The Mena girls meet the Magnolia Lady Panthers Thursday at 4:00.
Meanwhile, the Mena boys saw their season come to an end in the opening round of the conference tournament in Malvern after a hard fought battle against De Queen. The Leopards came out on top 43-40. Sam Efird led the Bearcats with 19 points. David Grenier scored 10, all in the first half. Free throws hurt Mena as the Bearcats missed their first ten shots from the charity stripe. The Bearcats finished the season with a 5-18 record.