ROANOKE RAPIDS — The Lady Yellowjackets of Roanoke Rapids used a 17-7 burst through the second quarter to break open a close game, and went on to hand visiting East Bladen a 70-56 loss in the second round of the state’s Class 2-A playoffs on Thursday.
The loss ends the Lady Eagles’ season at 22-6.
East Bladen stuck right with Roanoke Rapids through the first quarter, thanks in part to the seven points poured in by Shardajah Brown that included a three-pointer. Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson, who was drawing the bulk of the Lady Yellowjackets’ attention on defense, still managed to drop in a pair of baskets and help the Lady Eagles to an 11-11 knot going into the second stanza.
But things began to get away from the visitors before the half.
Roanoke Rapids exploded for 17 points and, despite a three-pointer from Moore-Peterson, held the lady Eagles to just seven points and carried a 28-18 advantage into the intermission.
Any East Bladen hopes of whittling away at the deficit were dashed in the third quarter, as the Lady Yellowjackets used a 22-13 run through the period to extend the lead to 52-31. The Lady Eagles got a three-pointer and two buckets from Ashley Hardin, while Moore-Peterson buried her second three-pointer of the game along with a trio of free throws.
The scoreboard got lit up in the fourth frame, as the two teams combined for 45 points. Emily Scott came alive for East Bladen at the offensive end, canning a trio of baskets and going 5-for-5 at the free throw line. Bown and Yolanda Coston each drained three-pointers.
The Lady Eagles won the quarter, 25-20, but never threatened the lead.
“Best game we’ve played all year,” East Bladen coach Patty Evers said. “I know we lost, but I saw the girls have more confidence and they finished hard. I’m so proud of our year.”
Moore-Peterson paced the lady Eagles with 19 points and added seven rebounds and four steals. Scott contributed a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Brown added 12 points. Hardin had seven points and seven boards.