WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Castle named Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year

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FRANKFORT - It was an eventful night for the University of Pikeville women’s basketball team at the Mid-South Conference Championship Banquet as the Bears racked up seven total honors, including freshman of the year and a share of coach of the year.

In just her second season at the helm, Joanna McNamee became the first Pikeville coach to earn the league’s top award since Bill Watson earned co-honors as well in 2003.

McNamee helped the Bears to a 23-7 overall record heading into the postseason where they will be the No. 4 seed in the league championship on Thursday. Campbellsville’s Ginger Colvin split the votes with McNamee.

Newcomer Jamie Castle was voted the league’s top freshman after scoring nearly seven points per game and ranking fifth in the league with a 4.3 assists per contest average. A Magoffin County High School graduate, Castle is the first freshman of the year from Pikeville since Brogan Conley in 2011. Conley graduated from Johnson Central High School.

“I am very thankful to have received this award,” said Castle. “However, I must thank my teammates and coaches because it is them who encourages me to give my 100 percent effort always. I am simply one role to our great, hard working team. We, together, make the team of the year.” 

Ten First Team and 10 Second Team All-MSC selections were announced and UPIKE placed three players on the list, the most since having four honorees in 2003.

Khallah Quigley earned a spot on the first team, while Kelah Eldridge and Kandice Porter were second-team selections.

Academic All-MSC awards were also handed out with UPIKE’s Kayla Day and Eldridge among those honored. The academic awards went to those with a 3.25 GPA of better and at least sophomore academic standing.