Haley Laughter has ambitions in basketball that go beyond anything she can accomplish as an individual.
Perhaps that is why Laughter is maintaining such a low-key demeanor these days. The Carolina Day senior should soon become just the 11th Western North Carolina girls player to score 2,000 career points.
“Honestly, I’m really not thinking about it a whole lot,” Laughter said.
“It’s definitely something that wouldn’t be possible without a lot of other people. My teammates and my coaches deserve a lot of credit.”
Laughter puts up 21.5 points a game for the two-time defending NCISAA 2-A champion Wildcats (21-3). Carolina Day has never lost a Carolinas Athletic Association game with Laughter in its lineup and is scheduled to host today’s semifinals of the CAA tournament and Saturday’s title games.
Laughter enters today’s 4 p.m. matchup against either fourth-seeded Asheville School or No. 5 Shannon Forest with 1,991 points. The 5-foot-10 forward hails from the Fletcher area has signed to play college basketball for Florida Gulf Coast.
“It’s definitely exciting for us to host the conference tournament,” Laughter said.
“It’s going to mean a lot to us to get to play in front of our fans.”
Due to his involvement with the WNC Lady Royals AAU club, fourth-year Carolina Day coach Joe Carrington has worked at some point with six of the 10 area girls who have previously scored more than 2,000 points, including WNC record-holder Cetera Graffenreid of Smoky Mountain (3,081 points).
The rest of his 2,000-point scorers are Franklin’s Lindsay Simpson (2,693 points), Rosman’s Ashton Barton (2,581), Asheville High’s Rashanda McCants (2,285), North Henderson’s Morgan McMinn (2,259) and Brevard’s Shonese Jones (2,080).
“Haley had had a great career for us,” Carrington said.
“She’s as efficient a scorer as anyone I’ve coached. And Haley is such a great competitor. She’s played alongside so many good players here and still found a way to stand out.”