Lady Eagles whip Wallace-Rose Hill
W. Curt Vincent Editor
ELIZABETHTOWN — The visiting lady Bulldogs may have been overmatched before they ever stepped off the bus Friday, but once the game began it only got worse, as Asha Graham hit her first two three-pointers, East Bladen forced 35 turnovers and Lacey Suggs had a big fourth quarter.
Put it all together, and the Lady Eagles walloped Wallace-Rose Hill 58-20 for a Four County Conference win that kept them perfect on the season at 14-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference.
The Lady Eagles opened the game with a 12-0 run that featured the pair of three-pointers by Graham. Wallace-Rose Hill didn’t score its first point until there was 2:37 left in the first quarter and only scored one other point nearly a minute later. East Bladen finished off the opening period with a 6-0 run to take a 21-2 lead.
In the second stanza, Graham canned another three-pointer as part of a 6-1 spurt to open the quarter before the Lady Bulldogs erupted for two straight baskets. But East Bladen closed the half on a 6-3 run thanks to a pair of baskets by Imani Turner-Dobson and took a 33-10 advantage into intermission.
Abby Ward scored a basket and added a free throw to open the second half and Abby Norris tacked on a basket for a 5-0 run that gave East Bladen a 38-10 lead. After Wallace-Rose Hill’s first basket of the third quarter at 4:49, the Lady Eagles went on a 6-0 spurt on baskets by Norris, Turner-Dobson and Miller Heustess for a 44-12 edge. The Lady Bulldogs scored their only other points on a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left in the quarter to cut the deficit to 44-14.
The fourth quarter belonged almost entirely to Suggs, who scored nine points in the final 8 minutes. She opened the quarter with a basket and free throw and, after a Wallace-Rose Hill basket, Suggs scored three straight baskets and Heustess added another to give East Bladen a 55-16 lead. From there, the Lady Bulldogs hit two baskets and East Bladen got a bucket from Turner-Dobson and a free throw from Lexie Dawson.
“I thought we played well in every aspect of the game,” said East Bladen coach Patty Evers. “We had a lapse in the second half of the second quarter, but otherwise I was very pleased.
“Abby Ward had the best game of her career,” Evers added, “and everyone played well.”
Suggs led East Bladen with 15 points and six steals, while Graham had 11 points and six assists. Turner-Dobson contributed 10 points and three blocks, and Norris had eight rebounds and three blocks.
Ward turned in nine points, eight steals, seven rebounds and six assists.
The Lady Eagles will play at Union on Thursday at 6 p.m.
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