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TABOR CITY – East Bladen rolled to leads of 24-2 and 52-8 at halftime then cruised to a 64-16 running clock victory over South Columbus Monday night in their non-conference girls’ basketball season opener.

Senior Alexus Mitchell and freshman Laila Smith sparked the 24-2 1st quarter spurt. Mitchell tossed in a trio of free throws and 2 baskets, and Laila Smith threw in a trio of baskets in the period. Freshman Iveonna Ward sank 2 foul shots and a field goal.

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

Laila Smith lit up the scoreboard with 8 more points in the 2nd period. Mitchell netted a trio of free throws and 2 more baskets. Junior Maegan Burney fired in a trio of baskets and a free throw as the lead grew to 52-8.

The Lady Eagle defense rode their defense to victory as they racked up 26 steals in the game. Laila Smith topped the East scoring with 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Mitchell finished with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Burney followed with 9 points and 2 steals.

Ward tallied 7 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Senior Maya McDonald contributed 6 assists, 5 points and 6 steals to the Lady Eagle attack. Junior Karli Priest had 3 steals. Sophomore Zoe Smith chipped in with 3 assists and 3 steals, and freshman Martha Simmons collected 4 steals. Junior AnnaGrey Heustess added 4 points.

Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles will host Wallace-Rose Hill Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

East Bladen           24   28    5    7 –  64
South Columbus    2     6     6    2  – 16

EB (64) – Iveonna Ward 7, Martha Simmons 2, Maya McDonald 5, Alexus Mitchell 14, AnnaGrey Heustess 4, Karli Priest 2, Zoe Smith 2, Maegan Burney 9, Laila Smith 17, Brianna Phillips 2.

SC (16) – Kayleigh Reaves 4, Jordane Cribb 4, Zachareya Elleby, Isabella Coleman 2, Andrea Herring, Eboney Pugh, Denisha Scott 2, Sheronda White, Alexis Jordan, Bethany Lupo 4.

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