BURGAW — Stiff defense, double figures by two players and quality minutes from the bench helped lead East Bladen to a 60-16 thrashing of Pender County on Friday.
The win improved the Lady Eagles to 20-0 overall and 10-0 in the conference, while Pender County fell to 1-18 overall and 1-8 in the conference.
East Bladen, who was playing without starter Emily Scott because of a mild ankle sprain, opened the game with a 10-2 run through the first quarter. But if there was any doubt about the game’s outcome, it was erased in the second quarter.
The Lady Eagles exploded for 24 points in that period, a good portion of those points coming from the free throw line — Lacey Suggs sank five, Abby Ward matched that total and Christiana Cromartie hit a pair. The East Bladen defense allowed just three points in the stanza and widened the lead to 34-5 at halftime.
East Bladen kept the momentum in the second half as Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson and Suggs drained a three-pointer in the third quarter as the Lady Eagles outscored Pender County by a 13-9 margin and stretched the lead to 47-14.
In the final frame, Suggs hit another long-range bomb and East Bladen sealed the game with a 13-2 fourth quarter for the 44-point win.
“Our second team played very well, along with the starters,” East Bladen coach Patty Evers said. “We have to keep up the intensity in practice to keep pushing forward.”
Suggs led the Lady Eagles with a double-double of 17 points and 13 steals, while Moore-Peterson scored 15 points. Ward scored nine points, had seven steals and five assists, while Cromartie contributed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots.