TABOR CITY – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles rolled to leads of 20-2 and 33-6 en route to a 58-9 Three Rivers Conference girls’ basketball victory Tuesday night over South Columbus.
Sophomore Maegan Burney sparked the early East surge with a trio of baskets and 3 free throws. Sophomore AnnaGrey Heustess tossed in a basket and 2 free throws, and junior Alexus Mitchell sank a basket and a free throw. Junior Mya McDonald and sophomore Makayla Dixon netted 2 free throws each as the lead grew to 20-2.
Mitchell took charge in the 2nd period with a trio of baskets, and Burney battled inside of a pair of buckets. Dixon dropped in 2 more free throws, and freshman Zoe Smith hit one for a 33-6 halftime lead.
McDonald and Mitchell bombed in 3-point shots and added another basket each in the 3rd period. Heustess popped in a pair of baskets, and senior Lilly Lin flipped in a bucket as the East lead grew to 49-7 at the quarter break.
Dixon worked inside for a pair of baskets in the final period. Seniors Sara Gargala and Aaniyah Jackson pumped in baskets, and Lin hit a free throw for the final margin.
McDonald filled up the stat sheet with 7 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 6 steals to lead the Lady Eagles. Mitchell topped the scoring parade with 14 points and posted 5 steals and 3 assists. Burney finished with 13 points.
Heustess racked up 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Dixon totaled 8 points and 4 rebounds. Smith grabbed 4 rebounds, and sophomore Karli Priest came up with 3 steals. The East Bladen defense recorded 24 steals in the game that generated a lot of easy baskets.
Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles evened their league record at 1-1 and are 3-1 overall. East Bladen will host Red Springs Friday at 4:30.
East Bladen 20 13 16 9 – 58
South Columbus 2 4 1 2 – 9
EB (58) – Katie Evans, Lily Lin 3, Mya McDonald 7, Alexus Mitchell 14, AnnaGrey Heustess 8, Karli Priest, Maegan Burney 13, Sara Gargala 2, Aaniyah Jackson 2, Zoe Smith 1, Makayla Dixon 8.
SC (9) – Laney Cribb 2, Alexis Jordan 2, Bethany Lupo, Bella Coleman 3, Kyleigh Reeves 2.