Blount Press Row

The Concierge

Whatever you need, Player of the year Goforth can get

William Blount senior and Carson-Newman signee Taylor Goforth, the Barley’s/Blount Press Row Player of the Year, produced a statistical line in an early season win at Maryville that’s one to remember. Photo by Jolanda Jansma

By Stefan Cooper
Editor
Blount Press Row

Four blocks?

From your point guard?

And 12 boards?

And five assists?

She jumped center, got you a double-double and finished within a bucket of leading you in scoring?

Works for us.

Goforth jumps center with Maryville’s Abby Young last season.

William Blount senior and Barley’s/Blount Press Row Player of the Year Taylor Goforth isn’t exactly a slash player. For one thing, the Carson-Newman signee/point guard/shooting guard/post-up four/center would need too many slashes. She’s more the concierge at the Ritz: Whatever you need, she can get it.

There really wasn’t much choice. William Blount hasn’t had a post player in a really long time.

Two years ago, the 5-foot-9 Goforth led William Blount in assists, completing the three-peat in the category as a senior. She also had some crazy good athleticism.

By the close of that sophomore year, Goforth, at times, anchored the offense from the pivot. By her junior year, she was jumping center.

Think about that for a second: Your point guard also jumps center for you.

It all came together on a remarkable night at Maryville. William Blount set up an eventual season sweep with a 47-41 win. Sophomore rising star Jenna Kallenberg led the Lady Governors in scoring with 13 points. Goforth flat out played some ball.

Points: 11 (one bucket back of the lead).

Rebounds: 12 (team-best).

Assists: five (team-best).

Blocks: four (team-best).

William Blount completed the sweep later in the season. Coupled with taking the season series with rival Heritage, the Lady Governors got as close as you could get to an outright Blount County championship.

Alcoa and William Blount didn’t play each other this past season.

Goforth, who begins her freshman season at Carson-Newman this fall, led William Blount in three of five statistical categories, just missing with a fourth.

For the year, Goforth averaged less than 10 points per game, 7.0 points even to be exact. The scoring was by committee for William Blount, newly-minted 1,000-point club inductee Lexi Campos leading with 9.7 per game, Kallenberg just back at 9.4. Alyssa Walker (8.1), Abbi Joseph (6.9), they could shoot it, too.

When you’re the point guard, your reason for being out there is to get those guys shots.

Through it all, Goforth was the glue, leading William Blount in three of five statistical categories on the year: assists (2.7), rebounds (5.6), blocks (26). Walker and Kallenberg set the pace with 33 steals apiece, Goforth next best with 29.

The school already had a contract for a bus driver for road games.

The Barley’s/Blount Press Row
All-Blount County Girls Basketball Team


 

Taylor Goforth

Barley's/BPR Player of the Year
William Blount
Senior
Position: PG
Scouting Report:
William Blount didn't have a center. So she became one. And a point guard. And a shooting guard. She played forward and led the Lady Governors in rebounding. Led William Blount in assists, rebounding and blocks, finishing second in steals. The Carson-Newman signee and all-district tournament selection pretty much said it all with one memorable game at Maryville.

Riley Hicks

Alcoa
Senior
Position: PG
Scouting Report:
The All-State point guard had a feel for the game you just can't teach. Averaging 9.6 points, 3.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game, Hicks shot 49 percent from the field and paced the Lady Tornadoes with 50 steals. Knocked us out with a team-best seven rebounds in state tournament quarterfinal.

Courtney Carruthers

Maryville
Junior
Position: G
Scouting Report:
We're down with the whole defense wins championships thing, but we'll take a player who can go out there and just smoke the nets any day. An all-district selection, Carruthers led the Lady Rebels with 12.4 points per game. Her 64 assists were also a team-best. Tacked on a team-best 40 steals, tied for the lead with 15 blocks.

Katie Bean

Alcoa
Senior
Position: C
Scouting Report:
We're going to miss "the dream shake." The Carson-Newman signee helped the Lady Tornadoes back to the state tournament for the first time in 34 years with 6.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. It's the 90 blocks that left us speechless. As a junior a year ago, rejected what's believed a state record 14 blocks in a single contest.

Lexi Campos

William Blount
Senior
Position: G
Scouting Report:
It's an awfully difficult thing to do to reach 1,000 points in a high school basketball career. The final point of that journey was unforgettable for William Blount's latest member of the club, Campos sinking a free throw with 37 seconds left in a district tournament game. Whew! For the season, the Eastern Kentucky signee led the Lady Governors with 9.7 points per game, adding 3.1 boards.

Jenna Kallenberg

William Blount
Sophomore
Position: FWD
Scouting Report:
Kallenberg has the size, strength and all-court game to become one of the district's most dominant players. Equally adept from distance and heavy traffic, finished second among Lady Governors in scoring with 9.4 points per game. Eighty-one rebounds and 33 steals from a shooting guard is pretty neat.

Madison McClurg

Alcoa
Senior
Position: FWD
Scouting Report:
Tough all the way to the bone, McClurg brought the 'D,' her 36 steals trailing only Hicks for the lead. Averaged 7.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Went 2-for-2 in state tournament appearances, helping the Alcoa girls soccer team to a state championship in the fall, doubling down to help the basketball team reach state this spring.

Kayla Romines

Heritage
Junior
Position: G
Scouting Report:
Everywhere you looked, Romines was right there at the front of the pack for the Lady Mountaineers, leading Heritage in scoring (7.8 points per game), finishing second in steals (41) and assists (32), third in rebounding. Her 31 3s were also a team-best.

Destiny Haworth

Alcoa
Sophomore
Position: G
Scouting Report:
We can hardly wait to see where this goes. Haworth smashed the theory of the sophomore slump with a team-best 11.2 points per game, knocking down the 3 and getting to the basket with equal effectiveness. Tacked on 31 steals and shot a blistering 82 percent from the free-throw line.

Denae Fritz

Maryville
Freshman
Position: G
Scouting Report:
Fritz could be scary good. The rookie point guard pulled a Goforth and led Maryville in rebounding with 188 caroms, outdistancing her closest pursuer by more than 60! Her 59 assists were just back of Carruthers. Fourth in scoring, her 40 steals and 15 blocks portend a phenom.

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