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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 31, Wallace-Rose Hill 30

TEACHEY – Freshman Patience Ward put back an offensive rebound for the winning basket with 18 seconds left that lifted East Bladen to a 31-30 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over Wallace-Rose Hill.

The Lady Bulldogs took a 22-18 lead into the fourth quarter, but Ward and sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson threw in 3 baskets each to key a 13-8 Lady Eagle surge Junior Shardajah Brown tossed in a basket and Moore-Peterson hit a free throw.

Moore-Peterson led the Lady Eagles with 15 points, 3 assists and 2 steals. Ward followed with 6 points, and Brown and Ashley Hardin scored 5 points each.

“Ja’Tyra woke up in the second half, said East Bladen Coach Patty Evers. “But Patience grabbed the big offensive rebound for the win and finished with 10 rebounds. Emily Scott had a big night with 11 rebounds.”

The Lady Eagles took an 8-7 first quarter lead as Hardin and Brown drained 3-point shots, and Moore-Peterson added a basket.

Baskets by Sara Coston and Aliah Chasten in the second quarter put Wallace on top 11-10 as the Lady Eagles managed only a Scott basket in the period.

“They held the ball and we weren’t playing good,” said Coach Evers. “No shots were falling in the first half, and it was a very slow-paced game.”

Five points from Coston and 4 from Angel Pearsall stretched the Lady Bulldog lead to 22-18 at the third quarter break. Moore-Peterson nailed a pair of 3-point shots, and Hardin pumped in a basket to keep the Lady Eagles close.

Hardin finished with 7 rebounds and 3 steals, Brown dished out 3 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds, and Scott had 2 steals.

Coston led Wallace-Rose Hill with 11 points.

The Lady Eagles, now 10-2 in league play and 18-4 overall, will travel to Union Tuesday night.

EAST BLADEN (31) – Shardajah Brown 5, Emily Scott 2, Patience Ward 6, Ashley Hardin 5, Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson 15, Yolanda Coston.

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