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February 12, 2008

Goodwin, better, best: Governor's Academy senior destined for Columbia University

BYFIELD — The words "senior point guard" hardly do Governor's Academy hoops star Katherine Goodwin justice.

Aside from being one of the most prolific scorers in her school's history, the modest Goodwin is the past poster-girl for the AAU basketball Web site, an ambitious student, and a caring, family-oriented sister and daughter.

Don't bother asking what she averages or what her season high is, because box scores and numbers honestly don't matter. She's proud of all her accomplishments including scoring her 1,000th career point earlier this season. Who wouldn't be when you're destined for Division 1 Ivy League basketball at University of Columbia and are currently a potential McDonald's High School All-American?

The truth is, making her family happy is what truly matters to Goodwin.

Friend and coach Erin O'Connell has known Goodwin since she was a freshman, and apart from being her advisor and her junior year American Studies instructor, O'Connell can attest to how special an individual Goodwin is.

"Katherine is just a great person," exudes O'Connell. "She's a leader in school, on and off the court. She's honest, and she has a really strong moral compass.

"As far as basketball, everything starts with Katherine," said O'Connell. "Though she's more of a natural point guard, she's our main source of scoring and can really shoot the ball. She leads the team in rebounding and most likely every other category; Katherine can guard other point guards and when asked to, guard the post just as successfully.

"She has great basketball IQ and brings a lot of intangibles to our team,"explained O'Connell. "And now that she's a senior, she's excelled in her role as captain. She plays hard, she plays hurt. Basically anything you want in a player she does it."

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