Lady Eagles start slow, but whip St. Pauls

ST. PAULS — Neither team found its mark through the first quarter Thursday, but the Lady Eagles of East Bladen finally got rolling and handed St. Pauls a 37-11 non-conference loss.

“We didn’t play well at all,” said East Bladen coach Patty Evers. “Our guards need more work.”

Still, the Lady Eagles won their fourth straight game and improved to 5-1.

The Lady Eagles remained scoreless through the first three-quarters of the first quarter and trailed 1-0. But Ashley Hardin snared an offensive rebound and put it back to give East Bladen its first lead — and they would not trail again. St. Pauls hit a three-pointer late to knot the game at 4-4 going into the second quarter.

Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson and Shardajah Brown each buried a three-pointer to lead the Lady Eagles on a 10-2 run up to halftime and took a 14-6 advantage into intermission.

Brown was locked in from beyond the arc and nailed a pair of three-pointers in the third quarter. Moore-Peterson also hit from long range and East Bladen used a 17-2 explosion in the quarter to take a 31-8 lead into the fourth quarter.

Evers turned off the scoring switch for East Bladen through the fourth quarter, but the Lady Eagles won the period 7-3 to seal the 26-point win.

“Ashley Hardin had a great defensive game and Shardajah had the best game yet,” Evers said after the game.

Brown led East Bladen with 11 points behind the trio of three-pointers, while Moore-Peterson contributed 10 points with two three-pointers and six assists. Hardin just missed a double-double with eight points with 12 rebounds.

The Lady Eagles will host Midway on Tuesday in the Four County Conference opener at 6 p.m.