Everything clicks in Lady Eagles’ win

Staff report

January 25, 2014

ELIZABETHTOWN — The momentum from a second-half surge against West Bladen on Wednesday carried over to the first half Friday, as the Lady Eagles trounced visiting Midway in a Four County Conference matchup, 67-24.

The win keeps East Bladen perfect on the season at 17-0 overall and 8-0 in the conference.

The Lady Raiders opened the game with a 4-2 jump, but East Bladen put a stop to that quickly, and turnovers were the spark as the Lady Eagles took advantage of 23 first-half giveaways by Midway. The Lady Eagles finished the first quarter with a 22-0 run sparked by a pair of three-pointers from Asha Graham and numerous fast-break layups for a 24-4 lead going into the second quarter.

Graham canned her third three-pointer of the game to open the second stanza and East Bladen continued its first-quarter run with seven more unanswered points to start the second — giving them a 31-4 lead.

The Lady Eagles finished the half on a 12-7 spurt, including Graham’s fourth three-pointer, and took a 43-11 advantage into halftime. Lacey Suggs had already poured in 15 points by halftime and Graham was right behind her with 14.

East Bladen coach Patty Evers plans for the second half were evident early on, as she went to her bench in the third quarter and got players some experience. Midway outscored East Bladen by an 8-5 margin in the quarter, but the Lady Eagles still held a monumental 48-19 lead going into the final 8 minutes of play.

East Bladen, still filtering in subs through the fourth quarter, erupted for another 19 points while the defense clamped down on the Lady Raiders, holding them to just five points, to seal the 43-point win.

Suggs led East Bladen with 22 points, while Graham added 20 points and five assists.

Abby Ward put together a solid game for the Lady Eagles with 11 assists, six steals and five rebounds. Teammate Abbey Norris had five steals, while Imani Turner-Dobson and Christiana Cromartie each tallied a trio of blocked shots.