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BLADENBORO – Sophomores Rylee Chadwick and Lainey Autry combined for 23 points to lead West Bladen to a 41-11 season-opening girls basketball victory over East Columbus Friday.

Chadwick topped the Lady Knights with 14 points, and Autry finished with 9. “We are really young (6 sophomores, 3 freshmen)” said Coach Brian McCleney. “We really need Rylee and Lainey to step into leadership roles this season even though they are sophomores.”

Chadwick poured in 4 baskets and 2 free throws, and Autry nailed a 3-point shot as the Lady Knights raced to a 13-0 1st quarter lead. Chadwick canned 2 free throws, and Autry and freshmen Megan Pait and Brooke Singletary threw in baskets as the West lead grew to 21-3 at halftime.

Sophomore Makayla Wright and freshman Mallory Bryan tossed in 3rd period baskets, and Singletary added a free throw to keep the lead at 26-7.

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

Sophomore Anniyah Phillips dropped in a pair of baskets in the final quarter. Autry popped in a basket and a free throw, and Chadwick, sophomore Kirsten Warwick, and junior Olivia McCarty pumped in baskets. Bryan and sophomore Azillyah McDonald netted a free throw each.

“The girls played hard,” continued Coach McCleney. “I was really pleased with the effort.” Ten of 13 players scored in the game for the Lady Knights who will host West Columbus Tuesday.

East Columbus      0     3     4     4  – 11
West Bladen         13    8     5   15  -41

EC (11) – Aziya Barr 4, Dasia Parker, Kayleigh Mitchell 3, Maleah Campbell 2, Destiny Mitchell 2. Rachel McKoy.

WB (41) – Lainey Autry 9, Megan Pait 2, Mallory Bryan 3, Cassi Humphrey, Makayla Wright 2, Azillyah McDonald 1, Rylee Chadwick 14, Kirsten Warwick 2, Brooke Singletary 2, Hannah Pait, Olivia McCarty 2, Anniyah Phillips 4.

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