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Lady Wildcats fall short on the road at third ranked Ripley

Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports

RIPLEY Trailing by one with 2:12 remaining and in possession of the ball, Class AAA No. 10 Logan put itself in prime position to have an opportunity to secure a signature victory.

The Lady Wildcats had put up good fights all years against ranked competition but had yet to put a ranked win on their resume this year.

Following a couple of timeouts by Logan, one by Ripley and a number of unintentional intentional fouls by the Lady Vikings, the Lady Wildcats had the ball set to inbound in the right corner with just 2.5 seconds remaining.

Addyson Amick found Halle Crouse, whose 3-point attempt hit the front iron allowing third-ranked Ripley to escape with a 40-39 come from behind victory over Logan Wednesday night at Ripley High School.

Ripley trailed 39-34 in the fourth quarter, but Erin Ryan's short jumper with 2:12 remaining capped off a 6-0 run giving the Lady Vikings a season sweep of the Lady Wildcats. Ripley defeated Logan 44-31 at Willie Akers Arena on Dec. 28.

Ryan and McKennan Hall each had 10 points to lead Ripley while Abigail Eastman and Sophie Nichols scored nine points each.

Amick had a career-high 20 points and Natalie Blankenship added seven points to lead Logan.

Ripley improved to 12-3 on the year and will travel to Class AAA No. 3 Nitro Friday night in a pivotal matchup that could determine the top seed in the Class AAA Region 4 Section 1 tournament. Ripley defeated Nitro 62-37 on Jan. 9.

Logan fell to 8-9 on the season and 0-8 against ranked competition this season. The Lady Wildcats will be in action Monday at Lincoln County. A win by Logan could lock up no worse than a two-seed in the upcoming Class AAA Region 4 Section 2 tournament.

Ripley 40, Logan 39

Logan (8-9)

Blankenship 7, Amick 20, Crouse 5, Adkins 3, Mosby 4.

Ripley (12-3)

Shanklin 2, Eastman 9, Ryan 10, Nichols 9, Hall 10.

Logan 18 5 7 9- 39

Ripley 14 8 10 8- 40



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