ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen’s girls won their second straight blowout to open the new season, while the boys dropped a tough contest as they began the process of weaving in the football players on Tuesday.
For Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles, a 23-6 first quarter set the tone for another defensive display that led East Bladen to a 57-10 win over visiting St. Pauls.
“We played very well as a team,” Evers said. “Everyone continues to contribute in some way.”
After taking the 23-6 advantage, the Lady Eagles followed up with a 15-2 second quarter and went into halftime with a 38-8 lead.
The East Bladen reserves got significant playing time through the second half and clamped down on the Lady Bulldogs even tighter. The visitors were held scoreless in the third quarter as the Lady Eagles increased the lead to 48-8.
In the fourth quarter, East Bladen outscored St. Pauls by a 9-2 margin to finalize the 47-point win.
Lacey Suggs, in limited action, poured in 18 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had four steals for the Lady Eagles. Abby Ward was the top thief for East Bladen, getting 10 steals in the game. She also had eight points and six assists.
Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson scored 10 points and Lexie Mendell grabbed four steals for East Bladen.
“Abby Ward continues to pad the stat sheet with her play and Lacey is leading by getting in scoring position,” Evers said. “Christiana Cromartie is our deepest post and is making up for the height we lost last year.
“Emily Scott, Miller Heustess, Lexie Mendell, Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson, and Ashley Hardin are seeing significant playing time, which gives us much more depth than we have had in years past,” she added. “They are a fun group to watch.”
The Lady Eagles improved to 2-0 and will play in the Wilmington Laney Tournament this weekend before hosting East Columbus on Tuesday.
Eagles fall, 53-49
A close game throughout finally tipped in favor of visiting St. Pauls in the second half, as the Bulldogs claimed their third straight win to open the season, 53-49 over East Bladen. The Eagles were 0-for-8 from the foul line in the game.
St. Pauls took a slim 16-15 edge into the second quarter, where the Eagles knotted things up by halftime, 26-26.
But in the third quarter, St. Pauls used a 15-10 spurt to open a 41-36 advantage going into the final frame. East Bladen’s run fell short down the stretch, though the Eagles outscored the Bulldogs by a 13-12 verdict.
J.R. Robinson led East Bladen with 14 points, while Eian Hines contributed 10 points.
East Bladen hit four three-pointers in the game — one each by Eian Hines, Ethan Hines, Robinson and Sincere Smith.
The Eagles are 1-0 and will host East Columbus on Tuesday.