CLINTON — Fouls played a key role Saturday in Clinton’s 58-47 Four County Conference win over previously undefeated East Bladen, which lost its entire starting five to fouls before the game concluded.
The loss drops the Lady Eagles to 17-1 overall and into a tie in the conference with Clinton at 8-1.
The Lady Dark Horses found themselves up by 14 late in the third quarter, but East Bladen fought back to within two early in the fourth quarter before the fouls began sending Lady Eagles to the bench and allowed Clinton to seal the win.
“It’s OK to lose, but … it’s not OK to lose like we did,” said East Bladen coach Patty Evers. “Our shots weren’t falling in the first half and our post players didn’t play very well.”
The Lady Dark Horses shot 38 free throws in the game, while East Bladen shot 18.
“It wasn’t that ugly of a game,” Evers said. “It was actually a good game. And I think Abbey Norris played her best game of the season.”
Asha Graham and Lacey Suggs each scored 17 points for East Bladen. Norris led the Lady Eagles with 10 rebounds, while Abby Ward had five assists and Imani Turner-Dobson had eight blocked shots.