Shawnte’ Goff might not enjoy the spotlight, but she is standing directly in it.
The Copperas Cove senior guard inadvertently took center stage with her impressive play to start District 8-5A competition last week. After posting a total of three 20-point games during the non-district portion of the schedule, Goff topped the 20-point plateau in each of the first three district games, guiding the Lady Bulldawgs to a trio of double-digit victories.
In addition to an unblemished start to district play, Goff’s efforts earned her the KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week award, thrusting her squarely into the limelight – even if she does not want to be there.
“Shawnte’ is a pretty low-key player, a lot of times she doesn’t like to be in the spotlight,” Copperas Cove head coach Teresa Durham said. “But she is a very competitive person, and when it comes time to play, she expects everyone else to be at their best and be ready to compete because when it is game time, she is ready.”
Goff received 604 of the 1,134 votes cast in the online poll, accounting for 53.3 percent of the total vote after averaging 21.3 points per game in road victories against Killeen, Shoemaker and Waco Midway.
In the district opener, Goff scored 20 points to lead the Lady Bulldawgs to a 67-54 win at Killeen before following up the performance with a 21-point outburst in a 64-43 victory against the Lady Grey Wolves. At Midway, Goff posted 22 of her game-high 24 points in the second half of the Lady Dawgs’ 66-49 win.
“We’ve talked about our goals and what we want to accomplish, and (improving during district) is a big part of our focus,” Durham said. “This is why we play; to be playing our best basketball (in district), and I think our kids are starting to put things together and play well together.”
And nobody has been more important to Copperas Cove’s success than Goff. Along with her scoring, Goff leads the Lady Bulldawgs in rebounds, assists and steals for the season, and her well-rounded production provides plenty of opportunities for teammates to thrive as well.
“What makes her so hard to guard at times is her ability to see the floor,” Durham said. “She passes well, so people have to play her honest, and when you don’t really have a player to guard her, a lot of times she is able to penetrate and make things happen.”
Ellison senior guard Deja Pointer finished second in voting, claiming 444 votes after averaging 15 points per game while leading the Lady Eagles to a pair of District 8-5A wins against Midway and Belton.
Shoemaker guard Renard Thomas and Harker Heights wing Josh Delaney rounded out the nominees.