March 5, 2014
East Bladen’s Lady Eagles will travel to the Crown Arena in Fayetteville today to face the Reidsville Lady Rams in the state’s East Region semifinals.
Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The Lady Rams, 24-0, play out of the Mid-State Conference and have three players averaging in double figures. Bryanna Bonds, the team’s 5-7 point guard, averages 16 points per game, while 5-11 guard Teisha Richardson puts in 13 points and 5-8 forward Tabby Lawson contributes 12 points per game.
No. 1 seed Reidsville got to the East Region semifinals by whalloping St. Pauls in the first round of the playoffs, 45-16; then handing Cummings a 50-41 loss in the second round; and beating Beddingfield in the Section finals, 53-47.
The Lady Rams come into the game undefeated but, according to The Fayetteville Observer, have played only two teams with winning records this season — Beddingfield and conference/playoff foe Cummings.
No. 4 seed East Bladen comes into the game with a 28-1 record that includes a co-conference and conference tournament title out of the Four Conference Tournament.
Lacey Suggs has been the statistical scoring leader for the Lady Eagles in the playoffs, putting up 19, 25 and 27 points in the three games, respectively. But East Bladen has also had big contributions from others, especially Asha Graham, who has scored 12, 16 and 21 points in the playoffs — and been a huge threat from outside the arc, with seven three-pointers in the playoffs thus far.
Abby Ward continues to be the Lady Eagles’ assist leader, with 18 assists in the three playoff games; and the trio of Abbey Norris, Christiana Cromartie and Imani Turner-Dobson have been crashing the boards for East Bladen, combining for 60 rebounds in the the three playoffs tilts.
East Bladen got to the East Region semifinals with a 56-27 win over Warren County in the first round, a 54-34 win over North Pitt in the second round and then a stunning, record-setting comeback from a 19-point deficit in the third round to whip Southern Vance, 65-53.