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East Bladen & West Bladen Battle Monday Night

Second place in the Three Rivers Conference girls basketball standings will be on the line Monday night when East Bladen travels to West Bladen for the county rivals first meeting of the season.

Both teams own 9-1 league records. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles are 15-3 overall with losses to Union Pines and Jack Britt in the Cumberland County Holiday Classic then to TRC league-leader St. Pauls.

Senior Patience Ward fires in almost 21 points per game for East and set a school record earlier this season with 45 points in a win over Wilmington New Hanover. Sophmores Mya McDonald (11.3 points) and Alexus Mitchell (10.2 points) also score in double figures.  

Freshman center Anna Grey Heustess has averaged 8.2 points per game during the Lady Eagles current 6-game winning streak.

Coach Brian McCleney’s Lady Knights are 12-3 overall with close December losses to Midway and Clinton. West Bladen has won 5 games in a row since their lone TRC loss at St. Pauls.

Senior Lexie Corrothers tops the Lady Knight scoring list with a 10.3 average. Senior Kasee Singletary contributes 7.6 points per game followed by senior Seniah Johnson (7.6), sophmore Haley George (6.3) and senior Mikayla Meadows (5.1).

In the boys contest, Coach Aking Elting’s Eagles (2-13) battle Coach Travis Pait’s Knights (5-12). The Eagles own victories over Midway and East Columbus. Junior Javant McDowell pumps in 10 points per game for East. Juniors RaSean McKoy (5.6 points) and Lefrederick Wooten (4.6) are other Eagle leaders.

The Knights have beaten Union twice, Clinton, Lakewood and East Columbus. Missouri-Kansas City signee Tyre Boykin tops the Knight offense with a 23.4 ppg average. Other Knight scoring leaders are: junior Shy’Ron Adams (6.7), senior Nijeah McKoy (4.1) and junior Josh Lewis (4.1).

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