(November 16, 2012) In front of family, friends, and community members, two senior student-athletes at Carolina Day School celebrated their accomplishments in the classroom and on the court as they committed to participate in NCAA Collegiate Athletics.
Allison Beasley has committed to play basketball at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, while her teammate, Haley Laughter, has committed to play basketball at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida.
“Allison and Haley are certainly talented basketball players and their desire to compete and excel is contagious. Their efforts on the court have only been matched by their efforts in the classroom and the future is very bright for these two talented young women,” said CDS athletic director Steve Henry.
Allison, a 5’9” shooting guard, and Haley, a 5’10” point forward, have been instrumental in leading the Wildcats to “back to back” NCISAA State 2A Championships and a combined team record of 89-4 before beginning play their senior season.
Allison averaged 15 points per game as a junior while shooting 43% from behind the 3 point arc. She was a member of the Asheville Citizen-Times All WNC Team, a CAA All-Conference Performer, and a member of the NCISAA All-State Team.
“I’ve been surrounded by a special group of teammates at Carolina Day and we talk as a program about the five girls on the floor working together as a fist rather than as five separate fingers and the importance of working toward common goals. I’m looking forward to joining a Paladin program that emphasizes the same”, said Allison.
Haley averaged 17 points per game as a junior while earning Player of the Year honors in the CAA. She is also an Asheville Citizen-Times All-WNC Selection and and three time member of the NCISAA All-State team.
“I am excited about my opportunity at Florida Gulf Coast and look forward to working with a great group of teammates and I am eager to begin that experience, but I am focused right now on my senior season and working to be the best we can possibly be. We’ve got a good mix of girls and great team chemistry and I am so proud of not only what we’ve accomplished as a group but also about working to develop the younger players around me,” says Haley.