ROSE HILL — The Lady Eagles of East Bladen found it difficult to get out of neutral Thursday, but once they did, it was lights out for Union High.
East Bladen erupted for 21 points in the second quarter and the Lady Spartans could manage just six free throw points through the first three quarters of play en route to a 56-9 Four County Conference thrashing.
The win kept the Lady Eagles’ record unblemished at 15-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference.
East Bladen put just seven points on the scoreboard through the first 8 minutes of play, but it was easily enough. The defense, coupled with the limited Union talent, resulted in a goose egg going remaining on the board for the Lady Spartans.
But in the second stanza, the Lady Eagles exploded for 21 points — all but putting the game out of reach, thanks to Union putting up a single point on a free throw. East Bladen took a 28-1 advantage into intermission.
“We came out making mistakes in the first quarter that we don’t usually make, which I credited to being off a week,” said East Bladen coach Patty Evers. “We cleaned it up in the second quarter.”
The Lady Spartans sank five free throws, but no field goals, in the third quarter as East Bladen extended its lead to 40-6 going into the final 8 minutes of play.
The Lady Eagles put together another solid quarter offensively, scoring 16 points — while Union could manage its lone field of the game and a single free throw — to finish off the 47-point win.
“We continued better play throughout the game,” Evers said. “We only dressed nine players and they had significant playing time.”
Evers said that, despite a game where the team isn’t being challenged, the Lady Eagles are finding ways to challenge themselves.
“The girls are excited at practice and on game days, so the motivation is starting to come from within — and that’s what it’s all about,” Evers said.
Lacey Suggs led East Bladen with 21 points and also grabbed six rebounds. Abby Ward, who scored eight points, also had eight steals and six assists. Teammate Asha Graham contributed 11 points and five steals, while Christiana Cromartie and Emily Scott each pulled down six rebounds. Imani Turner-Dobson swatted away five Union shots.
— The Lady Eagles were selected as the WWAY-TV3 Team of the Week, and will be featured on the station’s 6 p.m. newscast Tuesday.