Lady Eagles crush Trask in tourney opener

ELIZABETHTOWN — It was a mismatch on paper and on the floor when Heidi Trask visited East Bladen on Monday for the first-round matchup between the No. 1-seeded Lady Eagles and No. 8 Lady Titans in the Four County Conference Tournament.

East Bladen, also ranked No. 1 in the state among Class 2-A schools, thumped Heidi Trask right from the opening tip-off en route to a 57-22 win.

The Lady Eagles moved to 25-0 on the season, while the visitors went home done for the season at 0-25.

East Bladen opened the game with a picture-perfect first quarter, scoring 27 unanswered points in the period highlighted by a three-pointer from Abby Ward, nine points from Lacey Suggs and six points from Christiana Cromartie. The Lady Titans could only muster a single free throw, coming with less than 20 seconds left in the quarter.

In the second stanza, the Lady Eagles went on a 10-0 run to extend the lead to 37-1 before Heidi Trask buried a three-pointer. But East Bladen put together a quarter-ending 8-2 spurt and took a 45-6 advantage into halftime. Suggs scored eight points in the period and helped put the game on a running clock before the half ended.

East Bladen got balanced scoring in the third quarter as coach Patty Evers began rotating in her bench players. The Lady Eagles outscored Heidi Trask by an 8-6 margin to move the lead to 53-12 going into the fourth quarter.

With subs manning the floor for East Bladen in the fourth frame, the Lady Titans managed to win the period, 10-4, but barely dented the 35-point gap.

“We ran the floor and hit our shots to get the running clock in the first half,” Evers said. “We need to keep working hard in practice to prepare for the upcoming playoffs.”

Suggs led East Bladen with 21 points and added eight rebounds and five steals. Cromartie contributed 10 points and had five blocked shots, while Ward tallied nine points and six assists. Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson had five rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Lady Eagles, while Miller Heustess had three assists and six points.

East Bladen will play the winner of Tuesday’s game between West Bladen and Midway on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Union High School.

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