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Blankenship's late 3 gives Lady Wildcats 29-23 win over Lady Applemen

Logan's Halle Crouse scores two of her game-high 17 points in the Lady Wildcats come from behind 29-23 victory over Musselman Friday night at Willie Akers Arena (File Photo: Boothe Davis/Captured by the Moment Photography).

Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports

LOGAN Natalie Blankenship hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with 2:55 remaining gave Class AAA No. 7 Logan a come-from-behind 29-23 win over Musselman Friday night in the 2023 Wildcat Classic Premiere Hoops Showcase at the Willie Akers Arena.

Halle Crouse scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Lady Wildcats (5-5), who came into the game looking to rebound after consecutive defeats to Class AAA No. 2 Ripley and Winfield.

Serenity Ritchie scored eight points to lead Musselman (2-4) and Larkin Walker had four for the Lady Applemen.

Blankenship made just two field goals, both coming in the fourth quarter and both giving the Lady Wildcats a lead. The senior was 2 of 4 from the foul line and finished with eight points.

Musselman led 10-5 after one quarter and led by eight, 13-5, in the second quarter, before Logan closed the gap to four, 17-13, at halftime.

The second half saw Logan hold Musselman to six points and just three second half field goals.

Crouse's 3 with 6:00 to play in the third quarter gave Logan an 18-17 lead before Ritchie's layup gave Musselman a 19-18 lead with 4:25 to play in the quarter.

Tied at 19 after three quarters, Blankenship hit her first 3 with 7:15 remaining to give Logan a 22-19 lead.

The Lady Applemen scored four consecutive points and led 23-22 on Nevaeh Thompson's field goal with 5:30 remaining in the fourth. It would be the last field goal and final points of the evening for the Lady Applemen, who were outscored 16-6 in the second half by the Lady Wildcats.

Both teams made nine field goals, but Logan made five 3-pointers to Musselman's one. The Lady Wildcats made 6 of 14 free throw attempts while the Lady Applemen were 4 of 7 from the charity stripe.

Logan 29, Musselman 23

Musselman (2-4)

Thompson 2 0-0 4, Ritchie 3 1-2 8, Walker 3 1-2 7, Price 0 2-3 2, Funkhouser 1 0-0 2.

Totals: 9 4-7 23.

Logan (5-5)

Blankenship 2 2-4 8, Amick 1 2-4 4, Crouse 6 2-2 17. Totals: 9 6-14 29.

Musselman 10 7 2 4- 23

Logan 5 8 6 10- 29

3-point field goals- Musselman 1 (Ritchie), Logan 5 (Blankenship 2, Crouse 3).

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