East Bladen, once again one of the top-ranked girls basketball teams in the state, visited Midway Tuesday night. After a close first quarter, the Lady Eagles prevailed 64-36.
Midway kept things close early on. Leah Williams and Taylor Faircloth led the Raiders as they trailed 14-13 after 1 quarter.
In the 2nd period, East Bladen star Lacey Suggs continued her early hot hand and the Eagles held Midway to just 2 points in the quarter. Suggs posted 18 points at intermission as her team led 30-15.
The Lady Raiders’ scoring drought continued in the 2nd half, as they managed only 7 points in the 3rd period. East Bladen led 49-22 at that point.
In the final frame, the visitors outscored Midway 15-14, but the game had been decided much earlier. Suggs finished with 27 points in the 64-36 Lady Eagle victory.
Faircloth and Williams scored 12 points each to lead Midway. J. J. Sankey and Alyssa Wrench added 4 a piece, while Maddie Royal and Rachel Hodges tossed in 2 each.
“We turned the ball over and turned the ball over and we couldn’t stop Lacey Suggs,” assessed Midway head coach Brian Wallum. “We knew going in that we had to stop her and we couldn’t stop her. We probably did okay in the half court set, but she runs the floor really well and she’s got some good athletes around her.”
The Lady Raiders fall to 4-3 and 0-1 in Four County Conference play. They will travel to Pender on Thursday. East Bladen improves to 8-0 and 1-0 in the conference. They will host Clinton, also 8-0, on Thursday.