Goodman a ‘great’ one as awards keep coming

Goodman a ‘great’ one as awards keep coming

By MIKE HUTCHENS
Sports Editor
You can add one final line to Brandi Goodman’s already glowing Obion County Central High School basketball resume.
Goodman, a Miss Basket-ball finalist, University of Memphis-signee and 2,000-point scorer during her Lady Rebel career, was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class 2A all-state girls’ basketball team for the second year in a row over the weekend.
Goodman averaged 22.2 points, 14.1 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots per-game during her senior campaign at OCCHS in which she was named Most Valuable Player for the third straight season in rugged District 13AA — widely considered one of the toughest leagues in the state.
She shot 58 percent from the field and 76.5 from the charity stripe.
“Brandi’s a perfect exam-ple of a kid who puts in the hard work needed to deserve these types of honors,” Central head coach Lyle LaRue said.
“She’s combined her God-given size and ability with a tremendous work ethic and is a great example to any young person who has goals of both succeeding and excelling. She is well-deserving of this and all of her other awards and accomplishments.”
The TSWA honor, indeed, capped a long list of career achievements for the 6-2 Goodman, who made the organization’s glitter unit following her junior season when she averaged 18 points and 15 rebounds per game.
The future U of M Lady Tiger became just the fourth player in the decorated history of OCCHS girls’ basketball to eclipse the 2,000-point mark, finishing with more than 2,200 points in all. A tenacious rebounder who used both her size and savvy to get position on both ends of the court, she also accumulated in excess of 1,700 rebounds, according to school-kept statistics.
Goodman became just the third Obion County Central girls’ player to be named a finalist for the coveted Miss Basketball Award in February.
She was an all-region selection three consecutive seasons.
The Lady Rebels enjoyed unprecedented team success during Goodman’s four-year prep career, compiling an amazing 120-23 (.839 winning percentage) during that time.
Easily the highlight for both her and the Central program during that period was the 2011-12 campaign when OC made it all the way to the state championship game for just the second time in school history before losing a close decision in the finals. Goodman was picked for the all-tourney team for her play in the state event.
Obion Central went 26-10 this past season, dropping a season-ending heartbreaking overtime game to Westview in the regional semifinals.
Goodman was joined on the Class 2A team by District 13AA competitors Teddy Vincent of Westview — a High Point (N.C.) University signee — and Covington’s Ashia Jones, who will play her college ball at UT Martin.
Double-A Miss Basketball winner Elizabeth Masengil of McMinn Central, another UTM signee, and the other finalist for the MBB award — Abbey Sissom of Cannon County — were also chosen for the team.
A complete list of all the TSWA all-state teams in all classifications is listed in today’s sports section.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by email at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 4.8.13

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