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COLLEGE HOOPS -- Local earn OVC awards

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Kendall Spray & Sally McCabe

Sally McCabe & Kendall Spray
Two former Wilson County prep standouts have earned prestigious postseason basketball honors from the Ohio Valley Conference.

Belmont's Sally McCabe (Mt. Juliet High) was selected as the OVC Defensive Player of the Year and UT Martin's Kendall Spray (Wilson Central) was tabbed as the Freshman of the Year.

A native of Mt. Juliet, McCabe earns her second straight Defensive Player of the Year award. The junior center ranks 15th in the nation with a league-leading 2.7 blocks per game. She has recorded a season-high seven blocks twice this year.

The first team All-OVC pick is currently second on the league's career active blocks list. McCabe is third in the OVC with 7.9 rebounds per game while also ranking among league-leaders with 12.0 points each time out.

She has reached double-digits in points 19 times this season and has recorded five double-doubles. McCabe is just the second student-athlete in OVC history to win back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards, joining former UT Martin standout Jasmine Newsome who won the awards in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Spray, a freshman guard from Lebanon, leads all OVC Freshman with 12.7 points per game to rank 15th in the league this year.

The All-OVC second team and All-Newcomer pick is fifth in the OVC with a 39.4 3-point field goal percentage.

She set a new school freshman single-season three-pointers made mark, surpassing former standout Heather Butler, with 87 treys made this year.

Spray is second in the league with 3.0 three-pointers made each time out and has hit eight treys in a game twice this season. She reached 20 or more points four times this year, including scoring a season-best 33 against Eastern Illinois.


FIRST TEAM All-OVC
Tearra Banks, Austin Peay
Ke'Shunan James, Murray State
Darby Maggard, Belmont
Kylee Smith, Belmont
Grace Lennox, Eastern Illinois
Brianna McQueen, Morehead State
Yaktavia Hickson, Tennessee Tech
Sally McCabe, Belmont
Jalen O'Bannon, Eastern Kentucky
Bri Mitchell, Southeast Missouri

SECOND TEAM All-OVC
Donshel Beck, SIUE
Miranda Crockett, Morehead State
Ashton Feldhaus, UT Martin
Kendall Spray, UT Martin
Myah Taylor, UT Martin

ALL-NEWCOMER
Ashton Feldhaus, UT Martin
Kendall Spray, UT Martin
Shavontae Naylor, Eastern Kentucky
Lacey Buchanon, Jacksonville State
Nakiah Bell, SIUE

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