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DUNN – Senior Patience Ward and sophomore Alexus Mitchell combined for 10 fourth-quarter points as East Bladen’s Lady Eagles held off Midway to claim a 48-43 non-conference girls’ basketball victory Monday night.

Midway had trimmed a 10-point East Bladen halftime lead to 36-31 at the third quarter break, but Mitchell tossed in a pair of baskets, and Ward sank 4 free throws and a basket to keep the Lady Eagles on top.

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

Ward led the winners with 16 points. Mitchell finished with 13 points, sophomore Mya McDonald pumped in 11 points, and senior Lorna Mendell added 6 points.

McDonald, Mitchell, freshman AnnaGrey Heustess, Ward and Mendell dropped in first quarter baskets as East Bladen built a 13-9 lead. Ward sank 2 foul shots in the quarter, and McDonald hit one.

Mitchell drained a 3-point shot and another basket in the second period. McDonald popped in a basket and 2 free throws, and Ward buried a 3-point shot as the Lady Eagles stretched their lead to 25-15.

Mendell worked the paint for a pair of third quarter baskets, Ward canned a basket and a free throw, and McDonald and Mitchell connected for one basket each to keep East Bladen ahead 36-31.

Sophomore Kris-shyia McKoy sparked the Midway third quarter rally with a trio of baskets and finished with 13 points. Teammate Allison Belflowers bombed in a pair of second half 3-point shots and totaled 8 points.

Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles improved to 3-0 on the season and will open Three Rivers Conference play Tuesday at Whiteville.

East Bladen  13  12  11  12 – 48
Midway          9    6  16  12 – 43

EAST BLADEN (48) – Katie Evans, Mya McDonald 11, Alexus Mitchell 13, AnnaGrey Heustess 2, Maegan Burney, Patience Ward 16, Lorna Mendell 6.

MIDWAY (43) – Caitlyn Holland 6, Kris-shyia McKoy 13, Allison Belflowers 8, Rylie Williams 4, Kaylah Jackson 2, Mckenzi Hudson 4, Jenna Pope 6.

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