ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen’s girls opened Tuesday’s non-conference game with visiting East Columbus by scoring the first 16 points en route to a 47-38 win behind big games from Emily Scott and Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson.
The victory earned the Lady Eagles revenge for a 57-37 season-opening loss to the Lady Gators and improved their record to 3-1.
Moore-Peterson all but carried East Bladen in the first quarter, scoring nine of the team’s 16 points. She and Shardajah Brown each hit three-pointers as the Lady Eagles opened a 16-5 lead going into the second quarter.
East Columbus rallied in the quarter, off-setting another three-pointer from Moore-Peterson and a pair of buckets by Scott to win the period 15-13 and pull within 29-23 at halftime.
East Bladen came out reinvigorated on defense and held the Lady Gators to just four points and took a 37-27 edge into the fourth frame.
Balanced scoring carried the Lady Eagles down the stretch. Despite losing the quarter 11-10, East Bladen hung on for the win.
“The girls played their hearts out — best game of Emily Scott’s career,” said East Bladen coach Patty Evers. “We may have found our identity, but we need to keep working on fundamentals of the game.
Moore-Peterson led East Bladen with 19 points, while Scott added 12 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and five steals. Patience Ward had eight points and Lorna Mendell had three blocks.
Lady Knights lose
In Dublin on Tuesday, visiting South Brunswick used a relentless offense to knock off West Bladen in a non-conference game, 63-41.
The loss drops the Lady Knights to 1-2.
The Lady Cougars opened the game with a 19-13 lead after the first quarter, then widened the advantage to 34-22 by halftime.
South Brunswick took the third quarter by a 15-12 margin and widened the lead to 49-34 before sealing the win with a 14-7 fourth frame.
Logan Autry led the lady Knights with 12 points, while Akira Grimes added 11 and Laikyn Pait scored nine.
Knights get nipped
In Dublin on Tuesday, the Knights were the victims of a South Columbus comeback — primarily from the free throw stripe — and dropped a 46-45 non-conference game.
The loss moved West Bladen to 0-2.
The Knights got a three-pointer from John Bowen and seven points from Sayaun Dent to take a 16-15 lead after the opening quarter.
But the Cougars responded in the second stanza with a 13-6 run that sent the Knights into halftime trailing, 28-22.
West Bladen came out of intermission and locked down on defense, holding South Brunswick to just two points. At the offensive end, Bowen hit another three-pointer and three free throws to lead the Knights to a 35-30 edge.
But down the stretch, the Cougars fought back thanks to hitting seven of 11 free throws, while West Bladen could manage just three of seven at the line, and the visitors pulled out the win.
Dent led the Knights with 15 points, while Bowen added 14 points behind a trio of three-pointers.