Lady Eagles thump St. Pauls

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ST. PAULS — Lacey Suggs turned in another huge game for the Lady Eagles, and East Bladen throttled St. Pauls in a non-conference game on Wednesday, 52-32.

The win improved East Bladen to 3-0.

The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 5-3 edge before East Bladen manufactured a 12-0 run that featured a balanced attack and a typical stiff Patty Evers defense. The run gave the Lady Eagles a 13-5 lead going into the second quarter and 15-5 early in the second quarter, but St. Pauls rallied back — finishing the half with a 10-7 spurt to cut the halftime deficit to 22-15.

The Lady Eagles, however, came out refocused in the second half and put on a defensive clinic in the third quarter — outscoring St. Pauls by a 10-4 margin and taking a 32-19 lead going into the fourth quarter. Suggs sank a three-pointer late in the third quarter to begin a 13-0 run by East Bladen that carried over to the fourth period and, when the Lady Bulldogs finally stopped the bleeding, East Bladen was already up 37-19.

The Lady Eagles exploded for 20 points in that final 8 minutes of play and sailed easily to the 20-point win.

Suggs scored 28 points to lead East Bladen and added seven rebounds and three assists. Imani Turner Dobson added nine points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots, while Asha Graham and Christiana Cromartie each scored seven points.

— The Lady Eagles were forced to not only battle a pesky East Columbus team, but also foul trouble en route to a 60-47 non-conference win on Monday in Elizabethtown.

The victory improved East Bladen to 2-0 on the young season.

The Lady Eagles started the game on fire with an 11-2 run, sparked by a pair of three-pointers by Asha Graham. The Lady gators fought back down the stretch of the first quarter, but trailed by an 18-11 margin when the period ended.

East Columbus grabbed the momentum early in the second quarter and went on a 17-7 spurt to take a 28-25 edge before the lady Eagles closed out the half with a 5-2 run to knot the game at 30-30 by intermission.

East Bladen opened the second half with a 15-2 run, highlighted by a three-pointer from Abby Ward, and never looked back. The Lady Gators finished the third quarter with a mini 6-2 spurt, but trailed by 47-38 going into the final 8 minutes.

East Bladen opened the final quarter with a 6-2 run, but foul trouble began to plague the home team. It finally caught up to Lacey Suggs midway through the quarter, as she picked up her fifth foul and went to the bench with 26 points.

But the Lady Eagles fought through the foul trouble the rest of the way, all but trading points down the stretch to seal the win.

Abbey Norris and Ward each finished the game with four fouls.

In addition to her 26 points, Suggs also recorded nine steals for East Bladen. Graham finished with 10 points and five steals, while Ward added nine points, six rebounds and five steals. Norris had eight rebounds and Amani Turner-Dobson had eight points.


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