ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen opened it’s season Thursday by dismantling the visiting Lady Stallions of SW Onslow, 52-11, in a non-conference game.
Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles took care of business at both ends of the court, but it was the defense that shone brightest — not only holding SW Onslow to under double digits until the fourth quarter, but also creating countless East Bladen baskets off turnovers.
The Lady Eagles erupted for 32 first-quarter points while holding SW Onslow scoreless through the entire period.
The Lady Stallions finally got on the scoreboard in the second stanza, but by the time intermission arrived, East Bladen had opened a commanding 44-3 lead.
That opened the door for Evers to start clearing her bench and getting the East Bladen reserves some early season experience.
The Lady Eagles still managed to outscore the Lady Stallions by a slim 6-5 margin in the third quarter and took a 50-8 advantage into the fourth frame.
SW Onslow won the fourth quarter by a 3-2 verdict, but East Bladen was never threatened throughout the game.
Despite limited playing time, Lacey Suggs led the Lady Eagles with 18 points, while Christiana Cromartie added 10 points. Abby Ward had East Bladen’s lone three-pointer in the game.
Ten Lady Eagles scored in the contest.
East Bladen, 1-0, will host St. Pauls on Tuesday.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.