LAURINBURG — On the strength of Greyson Heustess’ four-goal effort, East Bladen took a 3-1 lead at halftime Thursday, then put the match out of reach with five unanswered goals in the second half to earn an 8-1 non-conference win over Class 4-A Scotland County.
The Eagles improved to 8-1 overall, while the Fighting Scots fell to 3-11.
Heustess all but single-handedly knocked off Scotland County, but East Bladen also got goals from four other players. Jake Evans, Brooks McGill, Jay McKoy and Pierce Melvin also found the back of the net for the Eagles.
East Bladen recorded 10 assists in the match, led by a pair from Caleb Hatchell. Single assists were credited to Ezequiel Arteaga, Gabe Barber, Irvin Hernandez, Melvin, McKoy, McGill, Heustess and Evans.
The Eagles recorded 124 steals in the match, led by 15 from Evans, 13 by Barber and 12 from Arteaga. Five Eagles tallied 10 steals — Dan Tatum, Garrett Melvin, McGill, Heustess and Keshaun Davis.
Spencer Scott faced five shots in the net for East Bladen and made three saves. The lone Scotland County goal came on a penalty kick.
The Eagles had a 14-4 advantage in corner kicks.
— In Fairmont on Thursday, the Lady Knights dropped a straight-sets Three Rivers Conference match to the Lady Golden Tornadoes by the scores of 25-9, 25-16 and 25-21.
“It was a tough night,” West Bladen coach Gaye Davis said. “The girls started off slow. They made a lot of improvement but just did not have enough at the end.”
Patience Parker tallied five kills and 10 digs; Raegan Davis had three kills; Callie Lewis had three kills; Mikayla Winebarher had two kills, two digs and an ace.
The Lady Knights are now 3-10 overall, 3-7 in the conference. Fairmont improved to 9-3, 9-2.
— In Elizabethtown on Thursday, the Lady Eagles fell to visiting Whiteville in straight sets by the scores of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-10.
The loss drops East Bladen to 2-11 overall and 2-8 in the Three Rivers Conference. Whiteville improved to 9-2 overall and 9-1 in the conference.
— In Elizabethtown on Thursday, the Lady Eagles’ match with Whiteville was postponed because of rain.
The two teams will make up the Three Rivers Conference match on Wednesday at 4 p.m.