No one ever questions Skyler Goodwin’s productivity. Parkview Baptist’s 5-foot-8 guard came into the game averaging more than 20 points per game.
With the clock winding down and University High slicing into the lead, Goodwin wasn’t just a good option — she was a great one.
Goodwin scored nine points in the final 2:06 and finished with a game-high 35 points, lifting Parkview to a 56-52 victory over University in District 6-3A action Friday night at PBS.
Goodwin’s final run included two free throws with 11.3 seconds left to help clinch the win. The only thing that stopped the junior was a cramp in one leg after the final buzzer.
“I just felt like it was my job as one of the point guards to take over the game and not sit back,” Goodwin said. “It (the victory) just shows what we can do when we go against a quality team. We know we have the potential and talent to push through and win games like this.”
Goodwin scored 25 second-half points for the Eagles (19-10, 11-1) and helped stave off several rallies by University (20-8, 10-1). Leah Collins added 10 in a signature win for PBS. Megan Hatch added 13 rebounds for the winners.
Chelsea Verrett led U-High with 22 points, and Kaila Anderson added 12 points and six assists. Faith Kwentua pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds for the Cubs, who played without injured starters Alyssa Fisher and Destiny Ephrom and dressed out just seven healthy players.
It didn’t look like U-High would get any closer than four points after falling behind by 15 points early. A post-up move by Terri Drake got UHS within four at 42-38 with 4:04 remaining.
The Eagles pushed the lead to 11 points at 51-40 on a putback by Goodwin with 1:35 remaining. When Verrett fouled out with just under a minute left, it looked like the Cubs, the two-time defending Class 3A state champions, were out of gas.
But Anderson made back-to-back 3-pointers that cut the Parkview lead to 54-52 with 11.3 seconds left.
Anderson was then called for a foul on the inbounds play. It was her fifth personal, and it sent Goodwin to the free-throw line one last time to clinch it.
“We needed to get a quick start, and I told them we had to come out from the jump (ball) and pressure them early,” Parkview interim coach Christina Anderson said. “There’s never a good enough lead when these two teams play. There’s never been a Cubs team that has given up.
“So we knew they would push us. This game will help us in the power rankings and maybe help win a district title. I think the most important thing is the confidence it gives this team.”
Both teams had early jitters. The Cubs managed to successfully stop the Eagles’ penetration through most of the first quarter.
U-High’s issue was offense. The Cubs were 1-for-14 from the field in the first quarter. A scoring drought of 5:08 gave Parkview more than enough of an opening to build a 13-2 lead. Hatch led the way with four points and four rebounds for PBS.
Two quick baskets 25 seconds into the of the second quarter forced U-High coach Bonita Johnson to call a timeout. The Cubs slowly cut into the gap. Six straight points by Verrett were pivotal.
Verrett made a layup and connected on an ensuing free throw to make it 25-17 with 1:19 left in the half. PBS led 27-19 at halftime.
U-High got within five points in the third quarter at 37-32 on a layup by Verrett with 28.9 seconds left. Predictably, Goodwin countered with a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to make it 40-32 going into the final quarter.
“We fell behind early, and then we finally settled down and found out we could play with them and score,” Johnson said. “Our outside shots were going in. And even though she was a guard, Chelsea got the post and found ways to score.
“If we had stopped Skyler in the paint more it might have been different. We got a lot out of what we have.”