It was a fitting way for the seniors to go out Friday night on Senior Night at the Union Bank Center with wins over Arkadelphia in action heard live on KQOR 105.3. But there’s still work to do with the 4A-Region 7 Conference Tournament this week in Mena, and the regional tournament coming up next week, also at the Union Bank Center.
On Friday night, the LadyCats finished the regular season with a 37-32 victory over the Lady Badgers. Mena’s girls finished the league race with a 7-5 record, and take a 12-11 mark into the conference tournament this week. Tateli Thacker led Mena with 10 points Friday. The LadyCats are the #4 seed and will meet Malvern Tuesday at 4:00 in the conference tournament. The winner earns a trip to regionals.
The Bearcats had clinched the top seed in the conference tournament by beating Nashville earlier in the week. But the Mena boys needed a win over Arkadelphia Friday night to claim their first outright conference championship since 2005. They completed the job with an impressive 72-52 victory over the Badgers. The Bearcats jumped out to an 18-8 lead after the opening quarter, and took a 32-22 lead into the locker room at half. Mena came out in the third quarter and knocked down six three-pointers to pull away for the 20 point win.
Connor Harvey, who is entertaining scholarship offers from Ouachita Baptist and other colleges, led with 31 points. Daniel Davis was also in double figures with 10.
The Bearcats finish league play with a 10-2 mark, and 19-6 overall. Mena’s boys, the top seed in this week’s conference tournament at the Union Bank Center, won’t play until Thursday’s semi-finals at 8:30. The Bearcats will face the winner of Tuesday’s matchup between Nashville and Malvern. Mena’s boys have automatically qualified for a regional tournament berth next week in Mena.