• 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 7:57 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 2:25 am JV Girls Basketball: East Bladen 29, South Columbus 20
  • 2:21 am JV Boys Basketball: East Bladen 33, South Columbus 26, overtime
  • 2:00 am Boys Basketball: South Columbus 47, East Bladen 33
  • 1:43 am This Day in History for January 19

CERRO GORDO – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles raced to a 39-9 first half lead Wednesday night en route to a 63-27 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over West Columbus.

Junior Patience Ward threw in a trio of first quarter baskets, and freshman Mya McDonald tossed in 2 baskets as the Lady Eagles built a 17-5 lead. Senior Anna Kate White popped in a basket and a free throw.

Freshman Alexus Mitchell fired in 4 baskets and 2 free throws to spark a 22-4 second-quarter blitz that stretched the lead to 30 points. McDonald dropped in a basket and 2 free throws in the period.

Ward raced to the rim for 3 baskets and a free throw in the third period. Senior Ashley Hardin delivered a 3-point bomb and another basket. Senior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson hurled in a pair of baskets, and Kabarah Moore nailed a 3-point shot as the lead grew to 58-21.

McDonald netted a basket and a free throw, and sophmore Katie Evans added a basket in the final quarter for the Lady Eagles.

Ward led the Lady Eagles with 15 points. McDonald pumped in 11 points, and Mitchell finished with 10 points. Moore-Peterson tallied 8 points, and Hardin totaled 7 points.

Tahnijah McKoy led the Lady Vikings with 9 points.

Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles remain atop the Three Rivers with a 9-0 record and a 14-1 overall mark. East Bladen will host rival West Bladen Friday night in a battle of TRC unbeatens.

West Columbus  5    4  12  6 – 27
East Bladen       17  22  19  5 – 63

EAST BLADEN (63) – Katie Evans 2, Lily Lin, Erica McKoy, Mya McDonald 11, Alexus Mitchell 10, Anna Kate White 5, Abbie Cross, Kabarah Moore 3, Patience Ward 15, Ashley Hardin 7, Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson 8, Lorna Mendell 2.