Picking a school is having a noticeable effect on Carrie Goodson.
The Maryville High School senior signed a National Letter of Intent recently to continue her basketball career at Bryan College next season. The Lady Lions are getting themselves quite the point guard, Maryville coach Kim Bledsoe said.
“She’s kind of come into her own, especially this year,” Bledsoe said. “In terms of the point guard aspect of the game, she’s gotten a lot better.
“She likes to run the team and push the pace, which is what the point guard is supposed to do.”
Goodson has also become a big-time scorer for the Lady Rebels this season.
The 5-foot-6 guard is averaging 11.5 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game in her final season at Maryville, all while connecting on 47 percent of her shots. Goodson’s direction at the point has the Lady Rebels out front in the district race as the season’s first half nears the Christmas break.
Bryan seemed a good fit from the moment she first visited the Dayton campus, Goodson said.
“I really liked the campus, and I liked the way they have their classes a lot smaller than most colleges,” she said. “I really got to know the basketball team (during the visit), and they really included me in stuff.”
A deadly perimeter scorer in each of her first three seasons at Maryville, Goodson said her focus this season has been one of making the Lady Rebels a tougher team to defend as a whole.
“I’ve been working on penetrating more, getting to the rack and getting to the free-throw line,” she said.
The results of that approach this season are really starting to tell.