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Payne earns All-America court honors
Justice Payne
Justice Payne

Former Perkins-Tryon basketball standout Justice Payne recently attained elite basketball honors following her junior season at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan.,

Payne was named honorable mention on the NAIA All-America list. This was the first time since the 2008- 2009 season and the second time a Lady Raven player has earned NAIA Division I level All-America honors.

Payne led Benedictine in scoring averaging 12.5 points per game. She was also among the NAIA leaders in three-point shooting with 91 treys that averaged to 2.7 per outing, according to information released by the Benedictine sports information department. Payne shot a solid 35 percent from beyond the arc, which also had her nationally-ranked.

Published reports added she set new women's basketball records. Her 91 made three-pointers broke an 11-year record. The previous mark of 86 was set during the 2001-2002 season.

Heading into her senior campaign, Payne is already ranked 13th on the team's all-time threepoint list and just needs 20 goals to break into the top 10.

Twice during last season, Payne drained six three-pointers in a single game. That moves her into a tie for seventh in single game threepointers.

Payne earned Oklahoma Girls' Basketball Coaches Association and Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State honors following her 2010 senior season at P-T. She continued her basketball career at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid where she had a successful career with the Lady Jets.

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