Blake Long/Northeast Community College
Booneville, Miss. – For the first time since beginning her prep career, Katie Foster will be playing the game she loves without her mother on the bench to guide her.
Foster signed a national letter of intent to play basketball this upcoming season for Northeast Mississippi Community College and head coach Brian Alexander at a ceremony on Tuesday, August 27 on the Booneville campus.
The recent Alcorn Central High School graduate was a four-year letter winner while learning the game under the tutelage for her mother, and coach, Charlette Foster.
“My mom’s been my coach my whole life, so it’ll be a transition,” Katie Foster said. “But I’m blessed to be here. (Northeast) is a great program and I’m excited about what we’re getting to do this year.”
Foster played in 32 games as a senior during the 2011-12 season and led the Lady Bears as their team captain to the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 3A playoffs.
She led Alcorn Central with 17.3 points-per-game and 8.8 rebounds-per-game from the post, including a career-high 32-point performance against McNairy Central, Tenn., High School. Foster also shot 75-percent from the free-throw line.
For her career as a Lady Bear, she averaged 14 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks each outing. Foster was named to the All-Division 1-3A and All-Alcorn County teams.
After her senior campaign, she was selected to participate in the Northeast Mississippi Basketball Coaches Association (NEMBCA) All-Star Game at Itawamba Community College and recorded a game-record five blocks for her team.
Foster also put in the time off the basketball court and finished in the top 15-percent of her graduating class with a 3.75 grade point average (GPA) and was named her school’s Wendy’s High School Heisman winner in 2011.
“She’s going to step in where we need and help us take this team to new heights,” said Alexander. “We’ve put some people in Division I at her position and we’re going to need some help immediately. She’s going to play in the post and give us some important minutes down there.”