WHITEVILLE — The Lady Eagles took a quick break from their Four County Conference schedule to take on Whiteville in a return game and, after a sluggish start, pulled away in the middle part of the contest to take a 45-30 win.
East Bladen is now 9-0 this season.
The Lady Eagles opened a slim 7-6 edge after the first quarter of play, but then outscored the Lady Wolfpack by a 17-12 margin in the second stanza to take a 24-18 lead into halftime.
The third quarter was East Bladen’s best, as the defense shone and the offense was fully ignited. The Lady Eagles put another 17 points on the board and held Whiteville to just six to extend the lead to 41-24.
Over the final 8 minutes, the Lady Eagles backed off and coasted to the 15-point win.
Asha Graham hit four three-pointers and tallied 14 points for East Bladen, matched by Lacey Suggs’ 14 points — 10 of which came from the free throw line. Abby Ward was the Lady Eagles’ top thief with nine steals, and Imani Turner-Dobson smacked away eight Whiteville shots — raising her total to 60 through nine games this season.
Abbey Norris led East Bladen with nine rebounds.
— Lacey Suggs turned a good game into a spectacular game on Thursday and, in doing so, changed the fortunes of the Lady Eagles in a 58-51 Four County Conference win over Clinton at Elizabethtown.
The Lady Dark Horses made their presence known early, jumping out to a 9-7 lead after the first quarter — then extending the lead to 21-17 before going on a 6-0 run for a 27-17 edge. Free throws by Abby Ward to end the half nudged the Lady Eagles to within 27-21 at intermission.
East Bladen opened the second half with a 10-4 spurt to knot the game at 31-31 behind a pair of three-pointers by Asha Graham. The two teams traded points through a 37-37 tie late in the third quarter before Suggs put in a layup that gave East Bladen the lead for good. She added a three-pointer moments later and the Lady Eagles held a 42-37 lead after three quarters.
East Bladen went on a 10-6 run to start the fourth quarter and hardly looked back. With Suggs scoring almost at will and Imani Turner-Dobson defending the lane, the Lady Eagles easily sealed the game behind a pair of Suggs layups and two free throws from Turner-Dobson.
Suggs, who scored 22 points in the second half for East Bladen, tallied 32 points and seven boards in the game. Graham added 11 points, while Turner-Dobson had 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots — giving her 52 through the first eight games. Abbey Norris pulled down 10 rebounds for the Lady Eagles.