ROSE HILL — Taylor Stephens turned in a monster game for the Lady Knights and Courtney Thompson shook off a bad cold to contribute her eighth-straight double-double in a 63-37 thrashing of Union on Tuesday in a Four County Conference opener.
The win improved West Bladen to 6-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
Defense may have been the real star for the Lady Knights in the first quarter, as the home team never got the ball to fall through the net and found itself trailing by an 18-0 margin when the period came to a close.
The Lady Spartans tallied 11 points in the second quarter, but Stephens canned 10 herself and West Bladen put 22 on the scoreboard to take a 40-11 lead into intermission.
Coach Pam Stephens saw the avalanche possibilities and began clearing her bench through the second half, but the Lady Knights still won the third quarter by a 15-13 margin and took a 55-24 lead to start the fourth quarter.
West Bladen edged the lady Spartans again in the final 8 minutes, 8-6, to seal the win.
“We’re playing better,” said West Bladen coach Pam Stephens, who is nursing the flu. “We got out to a quick start with good defense, and the offense was good throughout.
“Taylor’s been on a roll and is finding her outside shot,” the coach added. “We weren’t sure Courtney would be able to get her double-double, much less play, because our shots were falling and there weren’t many rebounds to get.”
But Thompson grabbed nine rebounds in the second half to finish with 13, and added 17 points. Stephens led West Bladen with 24 points and contributed seven assists.
Breanna Jackson had seven points and 10 rebounds for the lady Knights.