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LELAND – Seniors Erica McKoy and Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson combined for 39 points Friday night to lead East Bladen’s Lady Eagles to a 75-47 non-conference girls basketball victory over North Brunswick.

McKoy poured in 20 points and dished out 4 assists to lead the East scoring, while Moore-Peterson fired in 19 points and contributed 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

“Erica did a good job of running the point and getting to the rim,” said Lady Eagle Coach Patty Evers. “Ja’Tyra did a good job of recovering from foul trouble and scored 17 second-half points.

East Bladen built a 16-10 first quarter lead and stretched that lead to 33-17 at halftime and 55-29 after three periods.

Senior Anna Kate White pumped in 14 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. “Anna Kate continues to give us a lift with a career-high 14 points tonight,” noted Coach Evers.

Senior Ashley Hardin filled up the stat sheet with 7 assists, 7 steals, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Junior center Lorna Mendell tallied 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and blocked 3 shots.

“Ashley anchors our defense and set some good screens to get our guards open,” said Coach Evers. “I thought Lorna played strong in the post.”

Coach Evers added, “The girls had good chemistry tonight for it to only be our second game. It was a good team win for us. I am very proud of this group for continuing to work hard.”

East Bladen improves to 2-0 with the victory and will open Three Rivers Conference play Tuesday at home against Whiteville.

East Bladen             16  17  22  20 -75
North Brunswick  10   7   12   18 – 47

EAST BLADEN (75) – Katie Evans, Erica McKoy 20, Lily Lin, Mya McDonald 5, Alexus Mitchell 2, Anna Kate White 14, Abbie Cross 4, Kabarah Moore, Patience Ward 6, Ashley Hardin, Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson 19, Lorna Mendell 5.