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Middle School Basketball Elizabethtown Girls 32, Bladenboro 28, Overtime

Jatyra Moore-Peterson poured in 14 of her game-high 22 points in the final quarter and overtime as Elizabethtown rallied for a 32-28 Bladen Five Middle School Conference Homecoming victory over Bladenboro Thursday.

Elizabethtown improved to 5-1 with the victory, and Coach Eric Hines’ Lady Cougars tied Clarkton School of Discovery for the Bladen Five Regular-Season Championship.

Elizabethtown won the tie-breaker for the top seed in next week’s Bladen Five Tournament at Tar Heel and will play Tar Heel at approximately 6:30 Monday.

Bladenboro (2-4) will be the No. 3 seed and will play Clarkton in Monday’s tourney opener at 4 p.m.

Kendall Lambeth tossed in four first period points, and a trio of her teammates added a basket each as the Lady Bulldogs grabbed a 10-6 lead.

Moore-Peterson, Leedemsa Cotton and Patience Ward scored 2 points each for the Lady Cougars in the quarter.

Elixis Carrathers kept the Lady Bulldogs ahead 12-8 at halftime with a second period basket. Moore-Peterson tallied the only 2 points for Elizabethtown in the quarter.

Lambeth rang up 3 points in the third quarter, and teammate Erica Storms added a basket as the Lady Bulldogs stayed in front 17-14 at the third quarter break.

Moore-Peterson dropped in 4 points in the third period for the Lady Cougars, and teammate Natalie Gainey contributed a basket.

Moore-Peterson lit up the scoreboard with 10 points in the final quarter and Gainey chipped in with a basket as the Lady Cougars outscored Bladenboro 12-9 to tie the score 26-26 at the end of regulation.

Lambeth fired in 5 points in the final period, and Kassie Singletary added 3 points to keep Bladenboro even.

In the extra period, Moore-Peterson pumped in 4 more points to lead a 6-2 run that produced the victory. Mya Williams also scored a basket for the Lady Cougars in overtime, while Lambeth delivered the Bladenboro basket in the extra period.

Gainey followed Moore-Peterson with 4 points for Elizabethtown. Lambeth topped the Bladenboro scoring with 14 points, and Singletary finished with 5 points.

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