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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 67, South Columbus 26

TABOR CITY – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles raced to leads of 21-6 and 46-10 en route to a 67-26 Three Rivers Conference girls’ basketball victory over South Columbus Tuesday night.

Senior Patience Ward ignited a 21-6 first quarter Lady Eagle blitz with 3 baskets and 2 free throws. Senior Abbey Cross tossed in 2 baskets, and sophomore Alexus Mitchell drained a 3-point shot. Junior Katie Evans, sophomore Mya McDonald and freshman AnnaGrey Heustess netted baskets.

Mitchell blistered the nets with a trio of 3-point shots and a free throw to spark a 25-4 East second quarter spurt. Teammate Aaniyah Jackson sank 4 free throws, and Heustess flipped in a pair of baskets. McDonald bombed in a 3-point shot, and senior Lorna Mendell and junior Sara Gargala added baskets as the lead grew to 46-10.

Ward pumped in 2 baskets and 3 free throws in the third period. Evans, Mitchell and freshman Maegan Burney popped in baskets, and Heustess canned 2 free throws as the margin swelled to 61-19.

Jackson bombed in a 3-point shot for East in the final quarter. Freshman Karlie Priest threw in a basket, and Heustess made a free throw.

Ward and Mitchell shared scoring honors with 15 points each. Heustess finished with 9 points, and Jackson followed with 7 points.

Kaylee Etheridge led South Columbus with 8 points.

Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles improved to 8-1 in league play and 13-3 overall and will host Midway Wednesday.

East Bladen          21    25   15    6 – 67
South Columbus    6      4     9     6  -26

East Bladen (67) – Katie Evans 4, Lily Lin, Mya McDonald 5, Alexus Mitchell 15, AnnaGrey Heustess 9, Karlie Priest 2, Abbie Cross 4, Maegan Burney 2, Patience Ward 15, Sara Gargala 2, Aaniyah Jackson 7, Lorna Mendell 2, Makayla Dixon. 

South Columbus (26) – Kyleigh Reaves 2, Christy Wilson, Abbey Stanley, Bella Coleman 4, Laney Cribb 2, Kaylee Etheridge 8, Maddy Watson, Bree Scott 2, Alexis Jordan 5, Bethany Lupo 2, Ashdon Grigsby, Sheronda White, Eboney Pugh, Addison Jacobs.

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