By Loki DeWitt
On February 8, the Mena Ladycats traveled to DeQueen with the intent on continuing their winning ways. Standing in their path was the determined and scrappy Lady Leopards. The two teams played hard against each other in an exciting effort to be the ones to walk away with the win.
The Ladycats were very impressive in their efforts, leaving everything on the court. On the defensive side of things, the Ladycats managed to keep their opponents coming up short, despite their aggressive play, which led to the Lady Leopards gaining over twice the fouls the Ladyscats did, with a total of nine to the Ladycats four.
The offensive play was equally impressive, as the Ladycats managed to finish the game with an impressive 21 point lead, to finish with a score of 63-42.
While the Ladycats continued their winning ways, they were not the only Mena team to leave the gym with a win that night.
The Junior Varsity Boys managed to pull out an impressive double-digit win, as they beat their counterparts with a score of 38 to 19.
The Varsity boys gained a spirited win, coming from behind to finish the game up with a score of 62 to 55. The Bearcats outscored the Leopards 37-16 in the second half to rally for the win. Mena had four players in double figures. Tre McMellon led the way with 15. Ashton Powell chipped in with 14. Lawrence Day scored 13 and Samuel Efird added 11. The Bearcats open up the 4A-7 Conference Tournament on Saturday with a location and time to be determined.
Both Varsity teams will be looking to ride their momentum into their next match-ups as they face the Hope Bobcats at 6:00 PM on February 10, in Mena. The following day, February 11, they will play at home again as they face off against the Malvern Leopards, again with a 6:00 PM start.