Signings excite the Pirates|ECU hoops team happy to have Paschal and Beroth

Published 5:21 am Thursday, November 19, 2009

By Staff
ECU Sports Information
GREENVILLE — Katie Paschal (Williamston) and Alana Beroth (Pfafftown) have signed national letters-of-intent to attend and play basketball at East Carolina University beginning next fall, according to Wednesday’s announcement by head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener.
“We are very excited about the addition of Katie and Alana,” head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener stated. “Our coaching staff was very selective in finding the right pieces to the puzzle for next year’s team and did a great job. We are excited to have both of these young ladies join the Pirate family.”
Paschal, a 5-8 guard, led all North Carolina prep players in scoring last season as a junior, netting 33 points per contest while averaging four assists, six rebounds and five steals. She is ranked as the 42nd-best shooting guard in the nation by the All-Star Girls Report and 78th by Additionally, Atlantic South has tabbed her as one of the top five players in North Carolina.
Paschal has garnered numerous honors during her high school career, including 2009 North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA) First-Team All-State and Associated Press Second-Team All-State accolades as well as 2008 First-Team 1A All-State and 2007 Third-Team All-State laurels from NC Preps. She was also named Southeast Region Player-of-the-Week for the period ending Feb. 23.
Paschal has helped Williamston to three berths in the North Carolina 1A playoffs, including a sectional championship and regional appearance in 2008.
“Katie is a gym rat that understands the game of basketball. She is not just a great scorer but a great passer as well. She makes the people around her better. We are excited that Katie decided to stay close to home for the next four years.”
Beroth, a 6-3 center, is the top-ranked player and recruit in the Charlotte area, according to the Charlotte Observer. She played AAU basketball for the Lady Phoenix Elite and the Carolina Scouting Report named her North Carolina Top 100 Class of 2010, one of the country’s top 100 AAU prospects and All-Regional Top 25. During her junior season at Ronald Reagan High School, Beroth averaged 11 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks per game.
“Alana has great size and hands and is a very solid post player,” Baldwin-Tener explained. “She is athletic and is a good passer as well.”