TEACHEY — East Bladen’s Lady Eagles used a stiff defense on the road to hand Wallace-Rose Hill a 48-37 Four County Conference loss on Friday.
The win improved the Lady Eagles to 15-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference.
Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson drained a trio of baskets to help East Bladen open a 17-7 advantage after the first quarter of play, and the momentum continued through the second stanza when the Lady Eagles outscored the home team by a 13-7 margin and took a 30-16 lead into intermission.
After halftime, Ashley Hardin canned three buckets to lead East Bladen to an 11-11 split with the lady Bulldogs in the third quarter as the Lady eagles maintained the 14-point edge at 41-27.
Down the stretch, East Bladen subs held their own against Wallace-Rose Hill as the Lady Bulldogs won the fourth frame 11-7, but couldn’t close the gap enough.
“Weplayed well, but missed some free throws,” said East Bladen coach Patty Evers. “Everyone stepped up — (Chris) Cromartie played her best defensive game, Hardin and Moore-Peterson scored some big baskets for us and our outside shots were falling when we needed them.”
Lacey Suggs led the Lady Eagles with 12 points along with 15 rebounds, while Cromartie contributed six points with 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Hardin pulled down 12 rebounds and scored eight points, while Abby Ward added six points and six steals. Moore-Peterson scored 10 points for East Bladen.
Eagles take an ‘L’
East Bladen drained three-pointers in each quarter Friday, but the Bulldogs opened an early lead and never relinquished it en route to a 73-56 Four County Conference win.
The loss drops East Bladen to 4-9 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
Demetrius Wooten canned a three-pointer in the first frame, but Wallace-Rose Hill built a 15-9 advantage. In the second stanza, Ethan Hines connected on a three-pointer only to see the Bulldogs win the quarter 14-9 and extend the advantage to 29-18 by halftime.
J.R. Robinson and Hines each hit three-pointers in the third quarter, but Wallace-Rose Hill and the Eagles knotted 15-15 in the period and the Bulldogs took a 44-33 edge into the fourth quarter.
The offenses erupted in the final 8 minutes, with Wallace-Rose Hill getting the best of it by a 29-23 margin to seal the win. Hines canned his third three-pointer of the night in the quarter.
Eian Hines led East Bladen with 14 points, while Ethan Hines added 13 points and Chris Cromartie scored 10.