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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

ELIZABETHTOWN – Mariah Smith popped in a short jumper that put East Bladen ahead to stay en route to an 18-13 Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball victory over West Bladen Friday.

The Lady Knights had taken a 13-12 lead into the final quarter, but the Lady Eagles closed the game with a 6-0 spurt. Smith and Aaniyah Jackson topped the East Bladen scoring with 5 points each. Shanell McMillian added 3 points.

Freshman Hannah Pait led all scorers for West Bladen with 10 points. Teammate Jamiyah Hall scored 3 points.

East Bladen will travel to Whiteville Tuesday, while West Bladen will host Fairmont.

West Bladen  4  3  6  0 – 13
East Bladen    5  6  1  6 – 18

WEST BLADEN (13) – Kia Blackwell-Lewis, Ocean Woody, Xiomara Phair, Alexandria Perez, Tinyauh Rhoda, Jamiyah Melvin Hall 3, Taylor West, Kylee Ward, Hannah Pait 10, Suri Cordova, Anniya Phillips, Olivia McCarty.

EAST BLADEN (18) – McKenzie Williams, Jamajah Brown, Lavada Jackson 2, Azariah Rhodie, Shanell McMillian 3, Mariah Smith 5, Sierra Strickland 2, Heather Hardin, Aaniyah Jackson 5, Merritt Martin, Ronkira Lennon 1, Joi Kemp, Jayden Willington.