Ballinger named to NAIA’s second team

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By Sharon Graves

The News-Democrat

Whitney Ballinger, former Carroll County Lady Panther was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-America second team.

Ballinger, a 2006 Carroll County graduate is a sophomore forward for the Campbellsville University Lady Tigers.

John McCarthy of the NAIA in Kansas City, Mo., said that a committee selects the honor teams and they look for the best players in the country.  “It is based partly on statistics and partly on coaches recommendations,” McCarthy said.  “It takes in a lot of criteria, but they are basically the best players in the country.”

Ten women were selected for each NAIA first, second and third teams from all Division I schools.  Ballinger was the only Lady Tiger tapped for any of the NAIA awards.

Ballinger has been named the NAIA player of the week twice this year and has racked up some impressive stats according to the NAIA website.

Season-high notable single-game records include: 27 points against Columbia College, 19 total rebounds and 15 defensive rebounds against the University of the Cumberlands, 11 field goals against King College and Columbia College and eight blocked shots against Lindsey Wilson College, as reported by www.dakstats.com.

Ballinger is the daughter of Elaine and Gerald Ballinger of Carrollton.