The Cossatot River Eagles hosted Mena on Monday for some in-county rivalry basketball.
In what turned out to be a close one, the Ladycats (5-5, 1-0) of Mena took a two-points, 11-9, lead into the second quarter of play. However, in the second, the Lady Eagles (11-5, 4-0) outscored Mena 10-6, to take a two-point, 19-17, lead into halftime.
The second half evolved to be just as close as the first. Mena cut the Lady Eagles lead down to one point after outscored Cossatot 8-7 in the third. The Lady Eagles took a one-point, 26-25, lead into the fourth and final quarter of play.
In the fourth quarter, the difference maker ended up being free throws for Cossatot. Out of 13 total points in the fourth for the Lady Eagles, eleven of those points came from the 19 attempted fourth quarter free throws. Cossatot went on to win the ballgame by eight points, 39-31.
"It was a good win," said Lady Eagle head coach Tyler Timms following Cossatot's win. "They're well coached and they have a quality team."
Timms continued, "I didn't think it was a pretty win, but that is just the way both teams play. We hit some free throws down the stretch and got some key stops to seal the win."
Going into Christmas Break, Timms' Lady Eagles hold an 11-5 record, to which he says, "I am pleased about that."
In the senior boys contest between the two Polk County schools, it turned out to be a very low-scoring first half. The Bearcats (2-5, 0-1) edged the Eagles (3-13, 2-2) by a score of 6-5 in the first quarter. In the second, Mena extended its lead to five, to make the halftime score 13-8 in favor of the Bearcats.
The Bearcats more than doubled their score in the third quarter, as Mena outscored the Eagles 16-8. In the fourth, the Bearcats held on to seal the win 37-19. David Grenier led Mena with 12 points, as Sam Efird chipped in 10. For Cossatot, Trayton Johnson led with 8 points.