Suggs gets milestone in East’s tourney win over West

ROSE HILL — At 5:23 of the second quarter on Wednesday, Lacey Suggs eclipsed the 2,000-point mark and became East Bladen’s third-leading scorer all-time behind Ann Hancock and C.J. Melvin. She also led the Lady Eagles to a 61-25 win over cross-county rival West Bladen in the semifinals of the Four County Conference Tournament with 27 points.

East Bladen improves to 26-0 overall and will play Clinton or Wallace-Rose Hill on Friday at 6 p.m. in the championship at Union High, while West Bladen falls to 8-17.

Suggs milestone point came on a driving layup just moments after she canned a three-pointer. She went on to score a game-high 27 points — giving her 2,013 points for her career. She is No. 3 on the all-time East Bladen list behind C.J. Melvin at 2,502 and Ann Hancock at 2,276.

The lady Eagles came out of the gate quickly, getting nine points from Suggs and, after racing out to a 15-0 lead, finished the first quarter with a 7-2 spurt for a 22-2 advantage.

The Lady Knights battled East Bladen nearly evenly through the second quarter, but Suggs’ three-pointer and milestone bucket helped the Lady Eagles outscore West Bladen by a 15-13 margin and take a 37-15 lead into halftime. Laikyn Pait canned eight points for the Lady Knights.

East Bladen turned the defense back up in the second half, which kept its offense sparking, and the Lady Eagles got eight points from Abby Ward to win the third quarter, 20-4, and open a 57-19 lead.

Down the stretch, West Bladen got buckets from Erika McKoy, Pait and Elizabeth Allbright for a 6-4 advantage against the East subs.

Suggs’s 27 points led the Lady Eagles, and she added seven assists and five steals. Ward chipped in 14 points, six assists and three steals, while Christiana Cromartie had nine points, three steals and three blocked shots. Emily Scott grabbed six rebounds and Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson had seven points and three steals.

For West Bladen, Pait led the way with 13 points.
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