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East Bladen Hosts Kinston In NCHSAA Sectional Final

East Bladen High SchoolEast Bladen Hosts Kinston In NCHSAA Sectional Final

Unbeaten East Bladen, the top seed in the NCHSAA Class 2-A Play-offs, will play host to No. 8 seed Kinston tonight (Tuesday) in a Sectional Final game.

Monday evening the Lady Eagles rode a 22-3 third-quarter surge to a 56-26 victory over No. 16 seed Goldsboro. Junior Lacey Suggs topped the East Bladen scoring with 17 points, and junior guard Abby Ward bombed in a trio of 3-point shots and finished with 15 points.

Suggs fires in 22 points per game to lead the Lady Eagle offense. Suggs also averages 6.7 steals, 5.7 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

Senior center Imani Turner-Dobson contributes 9.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 7.6 blocked shots per game. Turner-Dobson grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked 7 shots in the win over Goldsboro.

Senior forward Abbey Norris pulls down 7 rebounds and adds 6.3 points per game, while Ward racks up  7.4 points, 4.7 steals and 4.2 assists per game. Junior Christiana Cromartie fills the stat sheet with 5.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

Coach Chris Bradshaw’s Kinston squad lost 10 of their first 15 games, but the Lady Vikings have rebounded to win their last 11 games in a row and improve to 16-10 on the season.

Junior Jada Faison led Kinston to a 64-36 victory over Dixon in their opening play-off game. Faison pumped in 18 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and came up with 6 steals.

Senior forward Lydia Rivers followed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for Kinston. Teammate Mikia Davis bombed in a pair of 3-point shots for 6 points. Malaysia Lancaster added 5 points and 5 steals.

In their second round 67-42 victory over Red Springs, the 6-1 Rivers dominated the game with 18 points, 12 rebounds, 7 blocked shots and 3 assists. It was only Rivers’ fifth game of the year after returning from a knee injury.

Lancaster fired in 16 points against the Lady Red Devils, Faison followed with 12 points, and Jazlyn Grimes added 10 points.

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