There was plenty of high school basketball to watch last Friday, as all three local team were in action. The Mena Bearcats hosted Hope for their conference opener, as both Acorn and Cossatot were on the road. The Tigers traveled to Murfreesboro, as the Eagles took the trip to Gurdon.
At Gurdon, the Lady Eagles (11-5, 4-0) of Cossatot took the senior girls contest by a margin of fifteen points, with a 46-31 win over the Lady Go-Devils (2-3, 0-1). Kayla Richardson led the Lady Eagles with 14 points, while Jordan Bailey chipped in 12 points off of three 3-pointers.
In the senior boys game, the Eagles (3-13, 2-2) lost their second conference game of the season, taking a 48-27 defeat from the Go-Devils (1-2, 1-0).
Meanwhile, at Murfreesboro, both the Acorn boys and girls teams were able to improve their records. The Lady Tigers (12-3, 3-0) were victorious over the Lady Rattlers (3-7, 2-2) by a score of 66-44. Moving on the boys matchup, the Acorn Tigers (10-5, 3-0) completed the sweep with a thirty-one point, 82-51, win over the Rattlers (0-7, 0-4).
Back in Polk County, the Mena High School teams welcomed Hope to the Union Bank Center for their first conference games of the season.
In the senior girls match, the Ladycats (5-5, 1-0) shutout the Lady Bobcats (0-3, 0-1) 14-0 in the first quarter. However, in the second quarter, Hope outscored the Ladycats 18-16, to cut Mena's lead down to twelve, 30-18, at halftime.
Mena put the hammer down in the second half, as the Ladycats went on to outscore Hope 15-9 in the third and 19-12 in the fourth, to win the ballgame by twenty-five points, 64-39.
Gracie Lyle led Mena in scoring with 27 points and four 3-pointers. Emily Wagner chipped in 11 points, as Paige Evan added on 10.
"I was very pleased, " said Ladycat head coach Scott Wright following the game. "We tried to work on our zone there in the second, but we just aren't moving like we should in that."
Wright continued, "Hope did a very good job at getting back in the game. We need to play a full four quarters."
On starting conference play 1-0, Wright noted, "That is exactly where we want to be."
In the finale of the night at Mena, the Hope Bobcats (2-0, 1-0) took an early 17-12 lead in the first quarter. The Bearcats (2-5, 0-1) continued to struggled in the second, as Hope extended its lead to ten, 25-15 at the half.
The Bearcats cut Hope's lead down to six in the third quarter, 33-27, however the Bobcats held on to win the game by eight, 44-36. David Grenier led the Bearcats with 22 points, as Tre McMellon knocked in 7.
Next up, the Acorn basketball teams hosted Gurdon on Wednesday, as the Mena Bearcats and Ladycats are set to travel to Malvern on Friday.