ELIZABETHTOWN — Two of East Bladen coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles have been recognized by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association after a stellar 2017-18 season.
Junior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson was selected to the first team, while sophomore teammate Patience Ward was tabbed for the third team.
“JaTyra did a good job of maturing over the past year and continued to work on her game even in the off season,” Evers said. “She did not have to be pushed to do all the scoring this year because of the growth of Patience and having Erica (McKoy) to help on her side of the ball.”
Moore-Peterson helped lead the Lady Eagles to a 27-2 record that included a 23-game winning streak and a run to the third round of the state’s Class 2-A playoffs. She was the team’s leading scorer at 15.9 points per game — shooting 38 percent from the field and 27 percent from the arc — totaled 160 rebounds to average 5.9 per game, has 2.7 steals and led East Bladen with 4.4 assists (118) per game.
“JaTyra’s consistency helped lead our team and the team depends on her to sail the ship,” Evers said. “We play as she plays because this group of girls depended so much on her last year.”
Ward wasn’t far behind for the Lady Eagles, averaging 15.7 points per game — shooting 46 percent from the field — along with a team-leading 8.8 rebounds (255 total) and 4.6 steals (134 total) per game.
“Patience was a different player this year,” said Evers. “She was strong in the post and her athleticism helped us push the ball up the floor and get more shots up. However, when you are getting up over 400 shots a day, you are going to improve your game. If you are not shooting, you aren’t getting any better — (and) Patience did just that. She put up more shots than anyone everyday.
“She approaches the game in a different way and has it in her heart to be better,” she added. “That was the difference in her turnaround this year.”
East Bladen went 17-1 in the Three Rivers Conference and 3-0 in the conference tournament to win both titles.
The 2018-19 season already looks promising, as the Lady Eagles will lose only senior post starter Shardajah Brown (6.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game) and roll player Kaley Smith.
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