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Lady Patriots guard Blaikley Crooks (44) pushes the ball up the court on Thursday at Hickory.

HICKORY — Freedom girls basketball senior guard Blaikley Crooks has committed to Lenoir-Rhyne.

Crooks’ family announced on social media over the weekend that the reigning co-county player of the year had accepted an offer to join the Bears and shared a photo of Crooks in an L-R uniform.

As a junior, Crooks averaged 14.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game. She was named All-District 10 second team, All-Northwestern 3A/4A Conference, NWC Tournament MVP and All-Freedom Christmas Invitational.

Crooks and the Lady Patriots went 30-2 last year, winning regular season and tournament league titles and reaching the NCHSAA 3A West Regional finals.

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