Red SPRINGS — The Lady Red Devils took advantage of turnovers and poor shooting Friday to had visiting East Bkaden its first loss of the season, 42-35.
The loss drops the Lady Eagles to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Three Rivers Conference.
Red Springs put the defensive clamps on in the first quarter, outscoring East Bladen 11-2 over the period.
The Lady Eagles turned the tables in the second stanza, using its patented defense to outscore the Lady Red Devils by a 7-2 margin and whittle down the deficit to 13-9 at halftime.
The two teams returned from the locker rooms focused on offense, and it paid off for both sides. The Lady Eagles and Lady Red Devils lit up the scoreboard for 30 points in the third quarter, with Red Springs earning a 16-14 advantage to take a 29-23 lead into the fourth quarter.
East Bladen had its chances down the stretch, but missed free throws doomed the visitors as Red Springs won the quarter by a 14-12 margin to seal the win.
“Fourteen turnovers, sloppy game, missed eight free throws in the fourth quarter that would have kept us in the game,” East Bladen coach Patty Evers said. “Just a lack of fundamentals with us that we can’t overcome sometimes, along with missing easy baskets.”
The Lady Red Devils kept East Bladen from having any double-figure scorers, as Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson led the Lady Eagles with nine points. Patience Ward added eight points and Erica McKoy contributed seven points.