Baer's Bulldogs, Roney's Crusaders out

Baer: Top three pointer in conference; 2nd nationally

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. ñ Fleming Island High grad Summer Baer, now a point guard for Barton College in South Carolina that has hovered in the top five for three point shooting nationwide in the NCAA Division II rankings, has been named to the Carolina Conference third team in a press release of March 6, 2020. 

Baer averages 12.5 points per game and ranks first in the conference in three-pointers made with 102.

Note: The Barton women's basketball team (24-6), the second seed in the 2020 Conference Carolinas Championship, overwhelmed Emmanuel (Ga.) (20-10), 76-51, in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon at the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium.  The Lions were seeded third. 

The Bulldogs lost 67-65 to fourth-seeded Limestone (21-8) in the finals . Limestone upset No. 1 seed Belmont Abbey (27-3) by a 74-69 score in their semifinal game. The NCAA cancelled all championship tournaments due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Against Emmanuel, Barton junior guard Summer Baer (Fleming Island, Fla.) hit two treys to give her 174 career three-pointers, a new program record for the NCAA Division II era.  Baer finished the season with 106 three pointers to lead the conference and rank 

Barton recently won their first conference playoff game; an 84-71 win with Baer hitting for 15 points on five three-pointers. Baer now has 106 threes in 246 attempts (43%) to lead the conference. Baer finished second in national three point shooting behind leaders Morgan Brunner of West Liberty and Emily Stoller of Glenville State; both with 111 threes made; Brunner with 319 attempts (34%), Stoller with 296 attempts (37%). Third-ranked was Charity Shears of West Virginia State with 103 of 272 (37%).

Barton College teammate Shanika Peterkin was named both the 2019-20 Conference Carolinas Women's Basketball Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

Peterkin, a junior center from Virginia Beach, Va., earned first-team all-league honors as well after leading the team in scoring (18.3 ppg) and the conference in both rebounding (12.3 rpg) and blocked shots with 93 so far this year.

Peterkin wins conference defensive player-of-the-year accolades for the second straight season.  Peterkin ñ the school's all-time leader in blocked shots (335) ñ has 23 double-doubles this season and is just 24 points away from 1,000 for her collegiate career.

At Belmont Abbey College, also in the Carolina Conference, Belmont Abbey juniors Allie Downing and Maria Kuhlman have been named to the All-Conference Carolinas First team, the conference office announced today.  Both ladies were named All-Conference last season as well.

Kuhlman, a grad of Ponte Vedra High School, is scoring 13.9 points per game, which is also in the Conference's top 10.  Her 3-point FG percentage of 48.2 is the highest in Conference Carolinas.  She scored a season-high 26 points against Emmanuel on January 20, when she shot 9-16 from the field, including 6-9 from three-point range.

Belmont Abbey was top seed in the Carolinas Conference during the championships tournament and features former Middleburg High grad Hannah Roney as a top assist producer. 

In an 87-37 conference tournament win over Chowan, Roney dished six assists and hit the first bucket of the game. Kuhlman finished with 24 points. Roney had three points. 

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