ELIZABETHTOWN –Senior Patience Ward poured in 18 of her game-high 24 points in the first half as East Bladen’s Lady Eagles raced to a 45-9 halftime lead en route to a 66-21 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory Friday night over West Columbus.
Ward nailed a 3-point shot and a 2-pointer in the opening quarter then burnt the nets with 5 baskets and 3 free throws in the second period.
Photos by Kenneth Armstrong
Sophomore Alexus Mitchell threw in 3 baskets in the first quarter, and freshman AnnaGrey Heustess dropped in a basket and 2 free throws as the Lady Eagles built a 15-6 lead.
Sophomore Mya McDonald tossed in 2 baskets and a free throw in the second quarter, and seniors Abbie Cross and Lorna Mendell pumped in 2 baskets each during a 30-3 second period blitz.
Ward popped in 2 baskets and 2 free throws in the third period, and Mitchell added 2 baskets as the Lady Eagle lead grew to 55-15 at the third quarter break.
Heustess connected for 2 baskets in the final quarter, and junior Aaniyah Jackson drained a 3-point shot for East.
Mitchell followed Ward on the Lady Eagle scoring list with 12 points, and Heustess finished with 10 points. McDonald filled up the stat sheet with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assists. Ward keyed the defense with 7 steals, 3 blocks and 5 rebounds. Freshman Maegan Burney grabbed 4 rebounds.
Haley Brown led the Lady Viking scoring with 10 points.
Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles improved to 4-0 in league play and 8-0 overall and will play at Grays Creek Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Cumberland County Holiday Classic.
West Columbus 6 3 6 6 – 21
East Bladen 15 30 10 11- 66
WEST COLUMBUS (21) – L. Gerald 3, Jamesee Lawson 4, G McKinney, LeOndra Smith 4, Haley Brown 10, Crytaisa Page.
EAST BLADEN (66) – Lily Lin, Mya McDonald 5, Alexus Mitchell 12, AnnaGrey Heustess 10, Karlie Priest 2, Abbie Cross 4, Maegan Burney 2, Patience Ward 24, Sara Gargala, Aaniyah Jackson 3, Lorna Mendell 4.