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Goforth And Score

Junior guard key in WB visit to Hardin Valley

William Blount junior Taylor Goforth gets focused at the free-throw line last Friday. Photos by Wallace Bowden

By Stefan Cooper
Blount Press Row

William Blount can bury the 3.

Hannah Fuller, Abbi Joseph, Abby Sunshine, Jenna Kallenberg and Taylor Goforth all hit one on Friday. Fuller rang the bell twice.

It was a difference maker in a big third quarter as the Lady Governors pulled clear of Heritage en route to a 55-43 win at newly christened Bill Wallace Court.

Hannah Fuller buried a pair of 3s to tie Goforth for team-best honors with 14 points against Heritage.

This was with two of William Blount’s best from deep — leading scorer Lexi Campos and freshman Alyssa Walker — coming away empty at the arc.

Hardly any of that happens without Goforth.

“I see my role as finding the open player first,” she said.

Goforth isn’t just the Lady Governor point guard. The 5-foot-9 all-court scorer is the catalyst in William Blount’s carpet-bombing halfcourt offense. She’s got the game for it.

“She’s just a basketball player,” William Blount coach Todd Wright said. “She understands the game. She’s got those point guard skills, but she can do those other things, too.”

The Lady Mountaineers and Lady Governors were locked in a 21-21 tie at the half. Sunshine, Kallenberg and Fuller sparked a William Blount breakaway with back-to-back-to-back 3s when play resumed.

The lead was 37-30 Lady Governors to start the fourth.

Goforth sandwiched a pair of buckets in the lane around Fuller’s second trey with four minutes left. The first of the two, a reverse layup at the rim, was really nice.

Lexi Campos pulls up on the break.

Lexi Campos pulls up on the break.

Half a minute later, she hit Campos with a 3/4 court feed for a fastbreak layup, and the William Blount lead was 11 with three minutes left.

Goforth finished the contest with an impressive line of 14 points, on 5-of-8 shooting, with five rebounds, three assists, three steals — and two blocks. The 14 points tied Fuller for the team lead.

“She just does so much,” Wright said. “Even if she’s not scoring points, she’s rebounding; she’s distributing the ball. Sometimes we need her to be more selfish.”

It was difficult not to see a lot of former Lady Governor Lindsey Roddy, last season’s district player of the year, in Goforth’s display Friday.

“They’re cut from the same mold,“ Wright said. “In terms of personality, she’s a lot like Lindsey. They’re both very quiet. They show up everyday and go about their business.”

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