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Kendall Spray

14 three-pointers in single game
FRANKLIN -- Wilson Central guard Kendall Spray had a record-setting outing Saturday, Dec. 19 in the Page Winter Classic.

The UT-Martin signee ripped 14-of-21 from beyond the arc and finished with 54 points in Wilson Central's 88-40 victory over Harpeth Hall.

Her stat line shows she went 19-of-26 from the field, two-for-two at the line with four rebounds, and three assists and did not play in the fourth quarter of the lopsided win.

The 14 three pointers set a new TSSAA record for a single game, breaking the record of 13 set by Bianca Cage of Southwind back in February of 2012 .

At the time, Spray had no clue she had set a record.

"At the end of the third quarter they took me out of the game. All the parents and fans were clapping and Nathalie (Ventura) looked over and told me I had 14 three's. I had no idea."

"Every game we're going to try to run stuff through her," said WCHS coach John Wild. "She's just that kind of player you want to get some looks for.

"As we got deeper into the game and it was obvious she had the hot hand, we started running more plays for her. It was one of those days where she probably could have drop-kicked a couple in.

"To do what she did in 24 minutes is unbelievable. I know I won't see another performance like that again."

Spray was already in the TSSAA record books for the most threes in a single season with 139 during 2014-2015.

"Coach Wild gave me a big high-five afterwards," Spray said.

"He told us that it if wasn't for Piper (Elrod) passing me the ball and the good screens our posts were setting it wouldn't have happened."

Wild said Spray has improved since last season.

"I think Kendall has become a more patient player," Wild said. "She's doing a good job of reading the screens -- on when to curl, when to flare and when to pop up.

"Realizing how the defender is playing her is part of it, then making the right cut is the other part. The more she's played the better she has become. Last year when she hit 139 threes, she shot 46 percent.

The Lady Wildcats led 27-13 after on quarter and 51-27 at the half -- improving to 11-0 with the victory.

Addison Byrd added 16 points while Elrod finished with 12 assists from the point guard spot.

Harpeth Hall slipped to 8-1 with the loss and was led in scoring by Raleigh Potts with 12.

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