Potential can be a double-edged sword.
It’s either a promise of better things for the up-and-coming or a curse for those who fall short of expectations.
No one knew exactly where the Parkview Baptist girls basketball team and its star, guard Skyler Goodwin, would fall.
Until now, that is. Goodwin scored a game-high 32 points while leading PBS to an 80-65 victory over District 6-3A Donaldsonville in Monday’s regional playoff round.
The Eagles have landed in the Class 3A quarterfinals for the first time. And the 5-foot-9 Goodwin — she’s soaring.
Fourth-seeded Parkview (23-10) hosts No. 12 South Beauregard (21-12) at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Goodwin is balancing the joy of success with the challenge ahead.
“This is big for our team and school,” Goodwin said. “We can’t relax or let up. (Monday) night we played as hard as we could because we knew it would be hard to beat Donaldsonville for a third time this season. Now we’re playing a team that has a lot of experience in the quarterfinals and the state tournament. We’ve got to bring it on Thursday, no question.”
Goodwin was disappointed when Tuesday’s weather conditions forced PBS to cancel a planned practice. That left time to ponder what has been and what lies just over the horizon for the Eagles.
No one ever questioned the potential the Parkview team started displaying when Goodwin and several of her teammates were in middle school. Still, the Eagles could not break through the second-round barrier.
The key, PBS coach Christina Anderson said, is a togetherness that seems like an odd contrast to Goodwin’s averages of 25 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and six steals.
“We love Skyler and everything she does, but she’s not a one-person team,” Anderson said.
“It’s a matter of finding each other and respecting each other. You find your role and then bring it all together.
“Skyler has a strong worth ethic that makes me expect she will be able to do all the things she does. She’s got a high basketball IQ, and she has poise and confidence that is beyond her years.”
Confidence is what Goodwin said Anderson, a former Bethany Christian player, has helped reinforce.
“She’s got us to believe in ourselves,” Goodwin said. “It’s one thing to go out and shoot a 3-pointer, but it’s another to go out believing you can make it or that you can beat any team you play if you want it bad enough.”
The 3-pointer analogy is apt for Goodwin. She was best known for driving to the basketball before this season. Goodwin worked hard over the summer months to improve her outside shooting consistency, something that complements her ability to drive and dish off pin-point passes to post players.
When asked whether she’d rather score or pass, Goodwin provides the perfect comeback, “It doesn’t matter … either way we score,” Goodwin said. “So I’m good with it.”
In a 53-39 victory over Pineville, fifth-seeded Denham Springs turned the Rebels inside out, scoring eight of their 14 fourth-quarter points on putbacks in the lane to win in 5A. … Shane’queka Young made two free throws with 17.7 left to help Class 1A White Castle upset third-seeded Lafayette Christian.
Madison Prep in Class 2A and Southern Lab of 1A both travel north. MPA (28-4), another first-time quarterfinalist, heads to Jonesboro-Hodge. Southern Lab (25-5) plays at Arcadia.