JACKSONVILLE – Senior Patience Ward and sophmore Mya McDonald combined for 46 points Thursday night and sparked East Bladen to a 71-36 non-conference girls basketball victory over Jacksonville Northside.
Ward who blistered the nets with 46 points against the Lady Monarchs on Nov. 22nd racked up 26 points and team-highs of 8 rebounds and 6 steals. McDonald fired in 20 points, dished out 5 assists and had 2 steals. Sophmore Alexus Mitchell threw in 20 points and had 3 assists.
Ward sank 4 free throws and 3 baskets to ignite a 27-16 East Bladen blitz in the opening period. McDonald bombed in a 3-pointer and 2 more baskets, senior Abbie Cross drained a 3-pointer and another basket, and Mitchell cashed in 3 free throws and a basket.
A 15-4 Lady Eagle run opened up a 42-20 halftime lead. Ward threw in 4 baskets to key the run. Mitchell nailed a 3-point shot, and Cross and McDonald pumped in baskets.
McDonald buried a 3-point shot, another basket and 4 straight free throws in the third period as the Lady Eagles rode a 19-8 spurt to a 61-28 lead. Ward popped in 2 baskets and 2 free throws, Mitchell knocked down another 3-point shot.
Mitchell added 2 more baskets in the final quarter, and McDonald and Ward tossed in a basket each. Junior Sara Gargala grabbed 6 rebounds for the winners, and senior Lorna Mendell blocked 2 shots and had 3 steals.
Senior MaKenna Gibson topped the Lady Monarch scoring with 11 points, and senior Tiara Fisher netted 8 points. The Lady Eagles connected on 16 of their 17 foul shots.
“It was a very good shooting night for this team,” said East Bladen Coach Patty Evers. “Great job from the free throw line.”
East Bladen improved to 7-0 and will host West Columbus Friday night.
East Bladen 27 15 19 10 – 71
Northside 16 4 8 8 – 36
EAST BLADEN (70) – Katie Evans, Lily Lin 2, Mya McDonald 20, Alexus Mitchell 15, AnnaGrey Heustess, Karlie Priest, Abbie Cross 7, Maegan Burney, Patience Ward 26, Sara Gargala, Aaniyah Jackson, Lorna Mendell 1, Makayla Dixon.
NORTHSIDE (34) – Kasia Scott, Tiara Fisher 8, Ja’Nijah Simmons 6, Makayla Hilton, MaKenna Gibson 11, Alejandra Urraca 6, Ashley Boggs 5.