02/07/2023
East Bladen High School
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ROCKY POINT – Unbeaten East Bladen raced to leads of 16-2, 33-7 and 50-7 en route to their 6th straight win – 55-11 Wednesday night over Heide Trask in non-conference girls’ basketball action.

Sophomore Laila Smith led the Lady Eagle attack with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 steals. Junior Zoe Smith tossed in 13 points and had 3 rebounds. Freshman Ariel Cromartie flipped in 6 points and had 2 steals. Sophomore Iveonna “NeNe” Ward threw in 5 points and had 4 steals.

Laila Smith sparked East Bladen to an early 16-2 lead with 3 baskets and a free throw, and Zoe Smith drilled in a 3-point shot and another basket. Zoe Smith and freshman Cabria Baldwin added a basket each.

The East Bladen onslaught continued in the 2nd period as Laila Smith filled up the rims with 4 baskets and a free throw. Zoe Smith buried a 3-point shot, Baldwin hit a free throw and junior Maegan Burney and freshman Niyha Wooten dropped in a basket each to push the halftime lead to 33-7.

Zoe Smith nailed a pair of 3-point shots and another basket in the 3rd quarter. Laila Smith powered in a pair of hoops, Baldwin made a free throw, and Cromartie and Burney netted baskets to widen the gap to 50-7. Cromartie popped in a pair of baskets in the final quarter, and Wooten sank a free throw.

Wooten pulled down a team-high 7 rebounds. Baldwin finished with 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Senior Brianna Phillips captured 3 rebounds, and senior AnnaGrey Heustess blocked 2 shots and had 2 steals.

Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles, now 6-0, will travel Whiteville Friday night.

East Bladen  16  17  17  5 – 55
Heide Trask   2    5   0  4 – 11

EAST BLADEN (55) – Iveonna “NeNe” Ward 5, Martha Simmons, Ariel Cromartie 6, Cabria Baldwin 4, AnnaGrey Heustess, Karli Priest, Zoe Smith 13, Maegan Burney 4, Laila Smith 20, Nia McKoy, Brianna Phillips, Niyha Wooten 3.

HEIDE TRASK (11) – Shelby Grooves, Alanah Watkins 1, Keyerra Moore, Qucia Flores, Kenya Lewis 6, Toni Bojorgues 2, Layna Nixon, Yessenia Perez 2.