BY EASTON LEONARD –
Last Friday, December 8th, the Mena Jr. Ladycats and Sr. Ladycats traveled to Cossatot River to take on the Lady Eagles.
For the first game of the night, the Mena Jr. Ladycats took on the Cossatot Jr. Lady Eagles. In a tough fought and close first quarter, the Ladycats outscored Cossatot 12-8, to take a four point advantage into the second. The Lady Eagles started their comeback in the second quarter, tying the game up at 17-17 with 2:28 left in the half, forcing Mena to call a timeout. Cossatot went on to outscore the Ladycats 14-7, to take a three point, 22-19, lead into halftime.
Jaden Dering led the Lady Eagles with 7 points at the half, while Hannah Stockton led Mena with 12 points.
Cossatot continued to play the better basketball, as the Lady Eagles extended their lead to eight, outscoring Mena 12-7 in the third quarter, to take a 34-26 lead into the final quarter of play. The Ladycats were able to reach within six points of Cossatot in the fourth, but the Lady Eagles held on to their lead, to win the game by eight, 39-31.
Hannah Stockton led the Mena Jr. Ladycats with 13 points on the night, as Gracie Lyle added on 6 points, Brenna Aynes 4 points, Emily Wagner and Ally Wright 3 points, and Grayson Fairless 2 points.
Landrie Tadlock led the Cossatot Jr. Lady Eagles with 10 points, while Kayla Richardson and Kaylin McKee scored 8 points of their own, Jaden Dering 7 points, Sasha Richardson 4 points, and Savannah White 2 points.
In the final girls matchup of the night, the Cossatot River senior high Lady Eagles hosted the Mena Ladycats. In a low scoring and one sided first quarter, the Lady Eagles outscored Mena 12-2, to take a ten point lead into the second. Cossatot continued an impressive defensive night, holding the Ladycats to only ten points in the second, to their twenty-two points, to take a twenty-two point, 34-12, lead into halftime.
Ashlen Gonzalez led Cossatot with 16 points at halftime, as Tateli Thacker and Paige Evans led the Ladycats with 6 points apiece.
In the third quarter, the Lady Eagles continued to dominate the game, outscoring Mena 14-3, to take a thirty-three point, 48-15, lead into the final quarter of play. To put the cap on the bottle, Cossatot outscored the Ladycats 11-2 in the fourth, to win the game by forty-two points, 59-17.
Paige Evans led the Mena Ladycats with 8 points in the game, as Tateli Thacker scored 6 points, and Cadie Cannon, Marissa Grafton, and Rin Shimoyama 1 point each.
The Cossatot Lady Eagles were led in scoring by Ashlen Gonzalez who scored 20 points, while Jade Richardson added on 14 points, Rhyen Martin 12 points, Raegan Richardson 6 points, Jacie Wilkerson 3 points, and Harley Dering and Lauren Driver 2 points each.