BELMONT — Two local basketball players have received honors at their university this week.
Morgan Midkiff and Kelsey Long are starters for the Belmont Abbey team. They were both named as all-conference selections for Conference Carolinas.
Midkiff, a sophomore from North Surry, was named to the second team a season after picking up the freshman of the year award. Long, a senior from East Surry, was named to the third team for the second-straight season.
The two standouts helped give Belmont Abbey a school-record four selections to the All-Conference Carolinas teams.
In addition to Midkiff and Long, forward McKenzie Owen was named to the first team and senior point guard Candace Fox made the third team.
Owen is the first Crusader in six years to be named to the first team after averaging 17.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Fox led the league and was ranked ninth nationally in assists per game (5.6) and 17th in assist/turnover ratio (2.06).
The high play of these four women helped the Crusaders earn their first coach of the year award for Jason Williams.
Once a point guard for the Lady Greyhounds, Midkiff plays both guard spots for the Crusaders. She was second on the team and fourth in the league in scoring average at 15.6 points per game.
She scored a career-high 29 points in an overtime win at Erskine in the regular season finale and has posted three double-doubles. She nearly had a triple-double in one game with 20 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.
She is ranked in the top five in 10 statistical categories in the league. She is ranked 14th nationally in free throw percentage at 84.5 percent, just ahead of Long at 84.0 percent. Despite being just 5-foot-5, Midkiff grabbed 4.7 rebounds to go with 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals.
Long averaged 10.2 points per game as well as three rebounds, two assists and one steal. She scored her 1,000th career point in the overtime win at North Greenville on November 27 and currently has 1,252 career points. Midkiff is on pace to reach the 1,000 milestone next season.
Long led the team in 3-point shooting at 35.2 percent, while Midkiff was third at 31.9 percent.
In one incredible stretch in February, Long hit 12-15 (80 percent) from 3-point range in three games. That performance earned her the Conference Carolinas Player of the Week Award.
* Two other all-state performers have made contributions to their teams this season: Jordan Hiatt (Mount Airy) and Keri Fulp (East Surry).
At Lenoir-Rhyne, Hiatt, a sophomore, was third on the team in minutes played at 25.8 per game. She hit 15 3-pointers at a 32-percent clip and made 37 of 45 (82.2 percent) on free throws.
A point guard in high school, Hiatt averaged 6.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and two assists.
Fulp is a freshman at Wake Forest, battling for playing time with her older teammates.
Fulp has averaged 10 minutes a game and scored 1.5 points per outing. She is shooting 10 of 21 (47.6 percent) from the field and 16 of 23 (69.6 percent) from the stripe while grabbing 2.2 rebounds.