Spring semester sports started before the spring semester. De Queen began by hosting Mena for senior high games Jan. 4. Each school claimed a W.
The Lady Leopards took a large lead then went on cruise control for a 51-38 decision. Both halves followed the same pattern. Mena’s offense started well but ran out of gas about five minutes in.
De Queen doubled a four point lead in the last two minutes of the first quarter to start the second up 18-10. The second period saw the Lady Leopards outscore the visitors 15-6. The halftime tally was 33-16.
Mena’s best quarter was the third with 15 points. The period ended with the score at 45-31. The momentum had shifted back to the home team before the quarter’s close, but the Lady Leopards were content with a double digit lead and went to a no post clock killing offense with more than five minutes left in the game.
De Queen dominated inside. Kennedy Winship scored 14 points from the floor and added another five on six attempts at the foul line for a total of 19 points.
The Lady Leopards had only four three pointers. Two were by Ashley Dykes who scored 10 points. One was by Maddie Martin who had seven points, one by Ashlyn Chambers with six points.
Josie Burke added five points and Tatyana Tramble four.
Gracie Lyle had a dozen points for Mena while Paige Evans scored 10.
De Queen had eight fouls and made 10 of 17 at the line. Mena had 12 infractions and sank three of four tries.
The Leopards did well in the middle of the game, not so well at the start and finish. Mena took the senior boys contest 74-43.
De Queen got off to a bad start and fell behind 22-5 in the first period. They scored 13 in the second to trail 38-18 at the half.
With Weston Harp scoring 10 and Davin Burgess eight, the Leopards put in 20 points in the third to Mena’s 18 and trailed 56-38 when the last period began.
They were limited to five in the final frame.
Harp and Burgess each totaled 18 points in the game with 12 by Burgess from three point range. Kade Martin added four points, Hayden Harp two and Kaison Gaylord one.
Dan Davis had 22 and Connor Harvey 17 for the Bearcats.
De Queen hit five of nine free throws and committed 17 fouls. Mena converted 12 of 22 at the line and had 15 fouls.