Lady Eagles improve to 16-0

By: W. Curt Vincent -

ROSE HILL — The Lady Eagles got a career-best 19 points from Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson and had two other players in double figures Friday to remain unbeaten and hand Union a 62-29 Four County Conference loss.

East Bladen improved to 16-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference.

Three free throws by Lacey Suggs helped the Lady Eagles open the game with a 7-3 burst, then finished the first quarter with a 9-3 run that built a 16-6 East Bladen lead.

The Lady Eagles exploded for 22 points in the second stanza, led by Moore-Peterson’s three-pointer and five points, along with a three-pointer from Abby Ward to take a 38-13 advantage into halftime.

The scoring cooled in the third quarter, but East Bladen outscored the Lady Spartans by an 11-6 margin and extended the lead to 49-19.

In the fourth quarter, with the Lady Eagles’ bench seeing plenty of action, East Bladen took advantage of transition lay-ups and outscored Union by 13-10 to seal the win.

“Our second string has got to be one of the best around,” East Bladen coach Patty Evers said. “Those girls play hard everyday in practice and we couldn’t do it without them.

“Hardin and Moore-Peterson continue to put up the stats and are contributing at a high level for freshmen,” he added. “I’m proud of all of them.”

Moore-Peterson, in addition to her 19 points, pulled down eight points. Suggs scored 17 points and had seven rebounds, six steals and four assists. Ward contributed 13 points and had eight assists and five steals. Ashley Hardin grabbed 10 rebounds and Christiana Cromartie blocked five shots.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

W. Curt Vincent