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ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson blistered the nets with 29 points Friday night to lead East Bladen to a 50-16 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over Pender.

Moore-Peterson fired in a trio of baskets and 2 free throws in the first period. Sophmore Ashley Hardin tossed in 2 baskets, and junior Shardajah Brown drilled a 3-pointer as the Lady Eagles raced to a 19-8 lead. Senior Yolanda Coston threw in a basket, and freshman Patience Ward hit 2 free throws.

Moore-Peterson drained a 3-point shot in the second period, and Brown connected from 2-point range as East Bladen took a 24-14 halftime lead.

The Moore-Peterson barrage kicked into overdrive in the third period as she burnt the nets with 5 baskets plus a 3-point shot. Hardin, Brown and sophmore Anna Kate White contributed a basket to the 19-2 blitz that stretched the Lady Eagle lead to 43-16.

Moore-Peterson nailed a 3-point shot and another basket in the fourth period. Senior Emily Scott pumped in a basket in the quarter, and the East Bladen defense held the Pender offense scoreless.

Brown finished with 7 points, and Hardin racked up 6 points, a team-high 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Ward grabbed 7 rebounds and had 3 steals. Freshman Lorna Mendell pulled down 6 rebounds.

Moore-Peterson dished out 4 assists and corralled 6 rebounds. Scott and Coston had 5 rebounds each, and Scott came up with 4 steals.

Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles improved to 7-2 in the league and 15-4 overall. East Bladen will travel to Heide Trask Saturday for a 2:30 game.

EAST BLADEN (50) – Kaley Smith, Justyna Gargala, Shardajah Brown 7, Emily Scott 2, Anna Kate White 2, Patience Ward 2, Ashley Hardin 6, Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson 29, Yolanda Coston 2, Lorna Mendell.