Lady Eagles pound Pender

Staff report

February 8, 2014

BURGAW —East Bladen traveled to Pender High on Saturday for an afternoon makeup game, and put a 63-25 thumping on the Lady Patriots.

The win improved the Lady Eagles to 20-1 overall and 11-1 in the Four County Conference.

Everything clicked for the visitors from the start, as East Bladen put 21 points on the board and the defense held Pender in check at just four points in the first quarter.

That defense never let up in the second quarter, holding the Lady Patriots to just four more points before halftime, and East Bladen extended the lead to 35-8 by intermission.

Giving her starters limited playing time, East Bladen coach Patty Evers worked her subs in judiciously throughout the second half and it paid dividends in production and gained experience.

The Lady Eagles put 22 points on the board in the third quarter, while holding Pender to just nine and stretching the lead to 57-17.

Through the fourth quarter, the two teams traded infrequent points and East Bladen sealed the 38-point win.

“I thought we played well,” Evers said. “The offense ran smoother than it has and we got real good production from the bench, which we are going to have to have in the playoffs.

“And I was very happy with the defense, as well.

The Lady Eagles filled up a stat sheet on the positive side — shooting better than 50 percent from the floor, grabbing 36 rebounds, making 20 steals, recording 16 assists and blocking six shots.

Asha Graham had a big game with 19 points behind four three-pointers, while Abby Ward scored 13 points and had eight steals, seven assists and six rebounds.

Lacey Suggs scored 10 points and contributed seven rebounds, five assists and three steals; Emily Scott and Imani Turner-Dobson each grabbed six rebounds.

— In Teachery on Friday, the Lady Eagles used its stick-to-‘em defense to build an 18-point halftime lead, then cruised to a 55-32 dismantling of Wallace-Rose Hill in Friday.

The Lady Bulldogs could get nothing going in the first or second quarters, getting outscored 12-5 in the opening period and 16-5 in the second.

East Bladen kept the defensive screws twisted tight to open the second half, but also began substituting. The result was an extension of the lead to 43-19 going into the final 8 minutes of play.

Wallace-Rose Hill nipped the Lady Eagles in the fourth quarter, 13-12, but it was too little too late to stave off the 23-point loss.

East Bladen got a double-double from Lacey Suggs, who scored 16 points and had 10 steals. Imani Turner-Dobson also scored 16 for the Lady Eagles, and Abbey Norris grabbed 11 rebounds while scoring eight points. Asha Graham had nine points and Abby Ward scored six.