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BLADENBORO – Mariah Smith and Brianna Phillips tossed in 7 points each to lead East Bladen to a 21-14 Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball victory over West Bladen Monday.

Phillips fired in a 3-point shot, and Smith sank 2 free throws as the Lady Eagles grabbed an early 5-2 lead. Xia Phair and Makayla Wright made free throws for the Lady Knights.

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

East Bladen’s MaKayla Dixon and West Bladen’s Azillyah McDonald traded free throws in the second period that ended with the Lady Eagles up 6-3 at halftime.

Phillips buried a 3-point shot and a free throw, and Smith connected on 3 free throws as the Lady Eagles padded their lead to 13-7. Wright and Phair threw in baskets for West in the quarter.

Lavada Jackson pumped in 2 baskets in the final quarter to keep East ahead. Calise Jackson and Smith popped in one basket each. Anasia Baxley flipped in a basket for West, Wright made 2 free throws, and Phair hit one.

Wright led the Lady Knight scoring with 5 points, and Phair followed with 4 points. Lavada Jacson scored 4 points for East Bladen.

Coach Megan Kirby’s Lady Eagles improved to 6-4 in the TRC and 8-4 overall and will travel to West Columbus Tuesday. West Bladen, now 3-9, will visit Whiteville Friday.

East Bladen   5  1  7  8 – 21
West Bladen  2  1  4  7 – 14

EAST BLADEN (21) – Tahjanae Bell, Calise Jackson 2, Lavada Jackson 4, Azariah Rhodie, Mariah Smith 7, Brianna Phillips 7, Joi Kemp, MaKayla Dixon 1.

WEST BLADEN (14) – Kia Lewis, Xia Phair 4, Cassi Humphrey, Makayla Wright 5, Azillyah McDonald 1, Fabiola Sandoval, Kirsten Warrick, Whitney McLean 2, Anasia Baxley 2, Anniya Phillips.