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The Mena Ladycats dominated the Waldron Lady Bulldogs in every aspect of the game on Friday night, on their way to a 49-17 rout. The Ladycats held Waldron to just two points in the first quarter, 10 points in the second quarter, three points in the third quarter, and two points in the fourth.
The Ladycats outscored the Lady Bulldogs 18-10 in the second quarter and took a 29-12 lead to the locker room at halftime. Jacquelyn Johnson led Mena with a pair of steals that she took coast-to-coast for layups and also drilled a three-pointer. Brooke Hines tossed in three layups, Marley Jones and Macy Brotherton each added baskets, while Rachael Wood was good for one-of-two from the charity stripe.
Mena started off the third quarter on a 9-2 run and outscored Waldron 13-3 to lead 42-15 at the end of the quarter. Johnson led the Ladycats for the second consecutive quarter with five points, a pair of layups, and one-of-two from the line. Madelyn Brotherton kissed a pair in off the backboard, Macy Brotherton added a layup of her own, and Kenzi Spurgin went two-for-two from the line to round out the Mena scoring in the third.
Mena head coach Scott Wright slowed things down in the fourth quarter after the mercy rule continuous clock was enforced. The Ladycats outscored the Lady Bulldogs 7-2 in the final quarter and won the 4A-7 conference game, 49-17. Pearson started off the fourth draining one from beyond the arc, Lexi Brooks dropped one in off the glass on a fast-break, while Hines added a pair from the charity stripe.
Jacquelyn Johnson led all scorers with 12 points, Madelyn Brotherton and Brooke Hines each scored eight points, Macy Brotherton added six points, Samantha Pearson and Ashley Philpot each added four points, Marley Jones, Lexi Brooks, and Kenzi Spurgin each scored two points, while Rachael Wood was good for one point. Mena shot 58% from the line (7-of-12), while Waldron shot 50% (3-of-6).