Foreman chalks up big numbers for little NEVC

Thursday, March 4, 2004
Katie Foreman (light jersey) does what she does best -- score -- in recent game with conference rival Bronaugh.

By Larry Lewis

Northeast Vernon County in tiny Walker, Mo., boasts one of the area's most prolific high school basketball scorers in Katie Foreman.

Foreman has amassed 1,321 points in her career and she's not finished. Opponents must contend with the five-foot-seven junior guard for another season.

Although records are sketchy and two schools, Schell City and Walker, consolidated to form NEVC, Foreman probably ranks at or near the top of the career scoring lists for the Vernon County Conference school.

Foreman, whose season ended when her Lady Knights were eliminated in the first round of the Class 1, District 12 Tournament earlier this week, has averaged 18.2 points per game in three years as a starter.

She broke into the NEVC lineup in the 2001-02 season and immediately established herself as a scoring threat. She totaled 345 points in that freshman campaign for a 15.7 ppg average.

Her sophomore season saw her average rise to 18.4, while she tallied a career-high 40 points including eight 3-pointers, also a career-best, against Calhoun.

This season, Foreman, the prime target of opposing defenses, continued to improve her average, scoring at a 20.6 ppg clip. She had four games with 30-plus points, hitting a season-high 36 against Bronaugh.

Foreman's strength, a great shooting touch, allowed her to bury 49 3-pointers this season -- career total of 93 -- with 39 percent accuracy. She also shot 70 percent from the free-throw line and grabbed 8.3 rebounds per game.

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