The unthinkable happened for the Mena Ladycats last week, just days before a possible

conference title for the first time since 1996. After wins over De Queen and Hope last week, the

Ladycats were 12-1 in conference play, heading into their final conference game of the season,

against the Malvern Leopards.

Tied for first place in the 7-4A, the Ladycats would win the tie-breaker over Nashville, after

defeating the Scrapperettes by 14 points earlier this season. However, an off-court strategy

from other teams in the conference stripped Mena from their chances of winning their

conference championship.

Mena was scheduled to host Malvern on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Union Bank Center. Due to

possible inclement weather, public schools across Arkansas were moved online, causing the

games on the hard-wood to be cancelled. On Friday, the Leopards of Malvern declined to play

Mena at Malvern or in Polk County. By a vote from administrators in the conference, it was

decided a game did not have to be played, deeming the Nashville Scrapperettes as conference


The cancellation also denied the Mena senior boys squad the opportunity to defeat the

Malvern Leopards and up their seeding in the district tournament. Therefore, the Bearcats were

given the #6 seed, while Malvern was handed the #5 seed.

On Saturday, the Mena Bearcats hosted the Bauxite Miners in the first round of the 7-4A

District Tournament with their season on the line. Mena held the lead for a majority of the

contest, but fell in the end by six, 48-42.

The Mena Ladycats are scheduled to take on the winner of Arkadelphia and Fountain Lake on

Wednesday at the Union Bank Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00pm, weather permitting.

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