Mena girls pull away in second half to beat Lady Rams

Sarah Porter (15) scores two of her team-high 13 points Tuesday night in Lakeside's 52-43 loss to Mena.


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Lakeside’s girls went cold in the second half Tuesday night, allowing Mena to pull away for a 52-43 victory in Hot Springs.

The Lady Bearcats scored the game’s first four points, only to see the host Lakeside squad answer with a 10-0 run. The Lady Rams (3-2) led 16-12 at the first break. Mena trailed by seven in the second quarter, but rallied to take a 31-30 advantage at intermission.

Lakeside’s Emy Gammill (11) passes to a teammate in Tuesday’s game with Mena.

Mena more aggressive in the paint

“We didn’t shoot the ball well,” said Lakeside coach Chris Brock. “I think we were a little rushed in our decisions. We needed to work the ball more. Mena was a little more aggressive in the paint. We struggled to get the ball inside, whether it was by dribble, or pass. We were just too quick with our shots.

“I think we pressed a bit after falling behind by eight points. Give Mena credit, they played hard and did a good job. We’ll learn from this experience, and get better from it.”


Lakeside converted a lot of shots in the first half. Sarah Porter and Ronni Formby combined for five 3-pointers. Porter led the Lady Rams with 13 points. Formby added 12 points, while Adachi Igbokidi contributed 11 points.

Sunshine Butterfield led all scorers with 18 points for the Bearcats. Teammate Gracie Lyle scored 10 points, all in the first half.

The Rams never got closer than five points in the final eight minutes.