MONDAY ROUNDUP: Lady Eagles blank Whiteville, 4-0; West falls in tennis, 8-1

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Lady Eagles posted their fifth straight shutout — all Three Rivers Conference victories — on Monday with a 4-0 whitewashing of visiting Whiteville.

Patience Ward led the East Bladen offensive attack with a trio of goals, while Ashley Hardin had 20 steals on defense.

The two rivals battled back and forth for about three-quarters of the first half before Katie Evans’ corner kick found Hardin, who booted home the Lady Eagles’ first goal of the match.

Just a handful of minutes later, Ward scored her first goal and gave East Bladen a 2-0 advantage going into halftime.

The Lady Eagles didn’t waste much time in the second half, getting a goal from Ward after she took a pass from Kenia Medina to give East Bladen a 3-0 lead.

Scoring chances went back and forth through the next 25 minutes of play before Ward found the back of the net with her hat-trick goal.

East Bladen outshot the Lady Wolfpack by a 20-10 margin, and Lady Eagles’ netminder Ting Lin was credited with six saves.

Aside from Wards’ three goals and Hardin’s 20 steals, East Bladen got two assists and 14 steals from Evans; an assist and 13 steals from Medina; an assist from Hannah Devane; 17 steals from Sara Gargala; and 10 steals from Gracyn Martin.

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Tennis

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In Lake Waccamaw on Monday, the visiting Knights could manage just a single win and dropped an 8-1 decision to East Columbus.

Logan Lewis battled through three sets for West Bladen to pick up the lone victory — a 6-1, 3-6, 10-7 tiebreaker at No. 5 singles.