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ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior Patience Ward and freshman AnnaGrey Heustess combined for 35 points to lead East Bladen’s Lady Eagles to a 51-23 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over Red Springs.

Ward led the Lady Eagles with 21 points, while Heustess racked up a career-high 14 points. Sophmore Mya McDonald finished with 11 points for the winners.

Two baskets and 2 free throws by Ward sparked a 14-0 East Bladen first period blitz. McDonald and Heustess threw in a basket and a free throw each, and senior Abbie Cross pumped in a basket.

Ward dropped in 2 more baskets in the second quarter, McDonald drained a 3-point shot and Heustess delivered a basket as the East lead grew to 23-6 at halftime.

McDonald connected on 3 free throws and a basket in the third quarter. Sophmore Alexus Mitchell buried a 3-point shot, Ward popped in 2 baskets and Heustess netted a basket as the margin swelled to 37-10.

Ward sank 5 free throws and a basket in the final period, while Heustess worked the paint for 2 baskets and 3 free throws.

Anyla Hunt and Kiyana Jones shared scoring honors for Red Springs with 6 points each.

The Lady Eagles improved to 9-1 in the Three Rivers Conference and 15-3 overall and will travel to West Bladen Monday night.

Red Springs   0  6    4  13 – 23
East Bladen  14  9  14  14 – 51

RED SPRINGS (23) – Yarara Sanders, Cassidy Pevia, Jaliyah Bratcher 3, Akiyah McMillan 2, Syndey Bell, Omanjah McMillian, Anyla Hunt 6, Amari McLean, Anaja McArthur 4, Kiyana Jones 6, Amyah Farrington 2.

EAST BLADEN (51) – Katie Evans, Lily Lin, Mya McDonald 11, Alexus Mitchell 3, AnnaGrey Heustess 14, Karlie Priest, Abbie Cross 2, Maegan Burney, Patience Ward 21, Sara Gargala, Aaniyah Jackson, Lorna Mendell.

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