Four unanimous choices on girls all-county team

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By Larry Goffinet

Four players were unanimous choices for this year's All-Perry County girls basketball team.

As usual the voters were the head coaches of the three Perry County teams; Tecumseh Coach Randy Graham, the only one to coach against all three county teams; and I, who saw each county team play at least seven times.

I asked each voter to pick the five players they would want to put on the floor to try to win a game.

All five picked Tell City forward-guard Lauren Goffinet, Tell City guard Kara McClintic, Perry Central center Alie Schroeder, and Tell City center Dana Sibrel.

Even though there are two centers listed, Sibrel often played forward on offense, shooting from 15-18 feet on the baseline. So I believe that group could play together effectively.

There was not such widespread agreement on the fifth player, as five players received votes.

One split vote allowed Perry Central guard Melissa Hahus to edge the other four for the fifth spot.

Goffinet is this year's Most Valuable Player, as she was named for that position on every ballot.

She edged McClintic for the honor, as three voters said it was a tie between those two for MVP.

Goffinet, a 5-foot-11 junior forward-guard, led the county in scoring at 15.5 points per game and in free-throw shooting at 77.1 percent.

She also averaged 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 2.1 assists per game and hit 40.6 percent from three-point range, 14th best in the state.

She demonstrated her versatility by playing four positions, including point guard in the seven games McClintic missed with a broken hand at the start of the season.

The only non-senior on this year's all-county team, she is already fifth on Tell City's career scoring list with 767 points.

Next year she should become the Marksmen's third 1,000-point scorer, joining Kara Kessans and Krista Blunk. Those two were four-year starters for NCAA Division I teams, so that's pretty good company.

McClintic's hand injury, suffered in a preseason scrimmage Nov. 3, seemed to affect her shooting when she first returned.

She hit 66.1 percent of her free throws this year, down from 76.3 percent last year.

But her three-point shooting was up to 41.3 percent, ninth in the state. And she made some of them from NBA three-point range.

She is not only a long-range bomber, but she also drives fearlessly to the basket despite her lack of height.

Even though she missed more than one-fourth of the season, she led the county with 124 free-throw attempts--just nine short of the school record.

Despite missing the seven games this year, she finished as Tell City's fourth leading career scorer with 833 points, one point behind third-place Angie Hughes. And she is the school's career assist leader with 283.

Schroeder led the county in rebounding at 12.2 per game and led Perry Central in scoring with a 12.4-point average.

She hit 45.4 percent from the field and 63.8 percent of her free throws.

Sibrel hit 45.5 percent from the field to edge Schroeder for the county lead in that category. And as noted earlier, a lot of her shots came from well outside the lane.

She also led the county in blocked shots with 1.8 per game and led the Marksmen in rebounding at 7.3 per game.

She averaged 9.3 points per game and hit 72.9 percent of her free throws.

Hahus was a streaky shooter but led the Commodores in assists with 3.0 per game and steals with 1.9 per game.

She averaged 6.7 points per game and hit 60.0 percent of her free throws.

She led the Commodores in three-point baskets made with 19.

McClintic's appearance on this year's all-county team is her third in a row, and Goffinet and Schroeder are also repeaters from last year.

Obviously there won't be as many repeaters next year, as this is our most senior-dominated team in four years.