Goffinet repeat selection as all-county MVP

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By Larry Goffinet

Voters for this year’s  All-Perry County girls basketball team unanimously selected Tell City senior Lauren Goffinet as the team’s Most Valuable Player.

Most added phrases such as “hands down” or “by far” after her name when filling in their vote for MVP.

But there was much less agreement in choosing who should join her on the all-county team.

There were four unanimous selections on last year’s all-county team, but Goffinet was the only one this year.

Nine players received votes for the other four spots on the team this year. There was a three-way tie for the fourth and fifth spots, so there are six players on this year’s team.

Perry Central’s Deidra Dickerson, Hilarie Hahus, Katie Schwartz and Rachael Rayford and Cannelton freshman guard Sarah Powers join Goffinet on the team.

As usual, the voting was done by the three Perry County coaches, the ones who coached against all three county teams (Crawford County’s Eric Toney and Tecumseh’s Randy Graham) and me.

It’s easy to see why the voters liked the versatile Goffinet.

She led the county in scoring (by a margin of 8.1 points per game over the runner-up), free-throw shooting, three-point shooting and steals.

She was second in overall field-goal percentage despite taking nearly three times as many  shots as the leader.

She also led Tell City in rebounding and assists.

At 5-foot-11, she usually played point guard on offense and forward on defense.

Kentucky Wesleyan and the University of Southern Indiana are two of the college teams strongly recruiting her, so she very well could be playing against another former all-county MVP, Perry Central graduate Lindsey Ransome, in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the nation’s top NCAA Division II conference, next year.

Like Ransome, Goffinet is a two-time winner of the all-county MVP. She is the ninth player to win the award more than once in the 30 years we have been choosing all-county teams.

Goffinet is the only senior on this year’s team, which includes two juniors, two sophomores and one freshman.

The freshman is Cannelton guard Sarah Powers, who led the Bulldogs in scoring at 12.5 points per game, second best in the county.

She also averaged 2.5 assists and 2.6 steals per game and used her quickness on drives to get to the free-throw line 138 times. Amie Joyal, Shaylon Pfeifer and Lisa Lewis are the only Perry County girls who ever got to the line more in one season.

Powers needs to take better advantage of those free throws, though, as she hit a modest 52.2 percent at the line.

 Most of Perry Central’s perimeter players also need to improve their free-throw and field-goal shooting, as they made it to the championship game of their sectional largely with their defense (they gave up no more than two points in the first quarter of any of their three sectional games).

Rayford did hit 44.4 percent from the field thanks to her driving ability. And Hahus was over 40 percent from the field until a late-season slump and hit 72.4 percent of her free throws, second best in the county.

No Commodore had a double-figure scoring average but Hahus and Rayford each averaged 9.3 points per game and Dickerson averaged 9.0.

Dickerson also averaged 6.3 rebounds per game, third best in the county.

Schwartz led the county in rebounding at 7.5 per game. She really came on strong in the sectional with 13 against Mater Dei and 11 against South Spencer. Though only 5-foot-6, she blocked out well against taller opponents.

She also led the county in field-goal shooting at 51.5 percent.

Perry County Final Statistical Leaders


Name and School    G        Pts.     Ave.

Lauren Goffinet, TC    19    392    20.6

Sarah Powers, Can.    21    263      12.5

Hilarie Hahus, PC    23    215      9.3

Rachael Rayford, PC    22    204      9.3

Deidra Dickerson, PC    23    208    9.0

Nakaa Myers, Can.    22    184      8.4

Lavina Schwartz, PC    23    177    7.7

Jaycee Guillaume, TC    14      106    7.4

Payton Reed, Can.    22    153      7.0

Kyli Smithson, TC    21      128    6.1

Katie Schwartz, PC    23    133      5.8

Emily Dauby, TC    17      96    5.6

Brooke Powers, Can.    20    100      5.0

Sammie James, Can.    22     90    4.1

Jaci Garrett, Can.    22    86      3.9

Mariah Alvey, TC    21      75    3.6

Tessa Lynch, PC    23      81    3.5

Rebounding Leaders

Name and School    G       Reb.     Ave.

Katie Schwartz, PC    23    173    7.5

Brooke Powers, Can.    20    139    7.0

Deidra Dickerson, PC    23    145    6.3

Lauren Goffinet, TC    19    117    6.2

Jaci Garrett, Can.    22    131    6.0

Jaycee Guillaume, TC    14    77    5.5

Sammie James, Can.    22     113    5.4

Katie Kalin, TC    21    99    4.7

Rachael Rayford, PC    22    99    4.5

Nakaa Myers, Can.    22    87    4.0

Hilarie Hahus, PC    23    84    3.7

Sarah Powers, Can.    21    74    3.5

Payton Reed, Can.    22    75    3.4

Lavina Schwartz, PC    23    78    3.4

Field-Goal Percentage Leaders

(Minimum 80 Attempts)

Name and School     FG     FGA     Pct.

Katie Schwartz, PC       52     101    51.5

Lauren Goffinet, TC     138     300    46.0

Rachael Rayford, PC       76     171    44.4

Jaycee Guillaume, TC       43     102    42.2

Hilarie Hahus, PC       87     226    38.5

Free-Throw Percentage Leaders

(Minimum 25 Attempts)

Name and School      FT     FTA     Pct.

Lauren Goffinet, TC      89      115    77.4

Hilarie Hahus, PC       21     29    72.4

Lavina Schwartz, PC      52     77    67.5

Emily Dauby, TC      30     46    65.2

Three-Point Shooting Leaders

(Minimum 20 Attempts)

Name and School      M      Att.      Pct.

Lauren Goffinet, TC      27     73    37.0

Hilarie Hahus, PC      20       57    35.1

Nakaa Myers, Can.      29     84    34.5

Deidra Dickerson, PC      18       59    30.5

Assist Leaders

Name and School    G        Ast.     Ave.

Payton Reed, Can.    22    81      3.7

Sarah Powers, Can.    21    52    2.5

Lavina Schwartz, PC    23      56    2.4

Nakaa Myers, Can.    22    40    1.8

Jaci Garrett, Can.    22      39    1.8

Lauren Goffinet, TC    19      31    1.6

Brooke Powers, Can.    20    29      1.5

Katie Schwartz, PC    23      27    1.2

Steals Leaders

Name and School    G        Stl.      Ave.

Lauren Goffinet, TC    19      63    3.3

Jaci Garrett, Can.    22      61    2.8

Rachael Rayford, PC    22    59    2.7

Sarah Powers, Can.    21    54    2.6

Lavina Schwartz, PC    23      55    2.4

Payton Reed, Can.    22    50      2.3

Nakaa Myers, Can.    22    39    1.8

Hilarie Hahus, PC    23    33    1.4

Katie Schwartz, PC    23      33    1.4

Deidra Dickerson, PC    23    29    1.3