Elma High School girls basketball coach Lisa Johnson has just about run out of words to describe the play of senior guard Brooke Goldsmith.
On Saturday the Lady Eagles (11-4, 7-1) fell behind early against Aberdeen. Elma trailed 14-12 at the end of the first quarter, but Goldsmith helped will the Lady Eagles to victory scoring Elma’s last 10 points of the first half and adding 11 in the third quarter. Elma went on a 20-6 run in the third quarter behind the play of Goldsmith to win 64-51.
“Brooke Goldsmith had a phenominal game again, attacking the hoop and making stuff happen on offense to get us going and she had 13 rebounds to go with that, six assists and four steals,” Johnson said. “When Brooke started attacking the hoop she couldn’t be stopped.”
Goldsmith finished with 29 points, but she was quick to divert any credit from herself to her teammates for the turnaround in the second half.
“Our team chemistry is getting a little better and we are starting to talk on defense more than we did at the beginning of the year,” Goldsmith said. “We are just playing really good and meshing really well. We had a letdown in the Monte game but we’ve rose above that and we are starting to pick it up because we know what we have to do to get first place.”
Sophomore Maddie Thompson also stepped up for the Lady Eagles with 17 points, nine of which came from beyond the arch.
The way the Lady Eagles are playing with just two weeks left in the season has Johnson excited and she said the resilience they showed against Aberdeen could be just the start of things to come.
“I said at halftime ‘We have to play our game and our defense,’ and they picked it up and started working and that, for us, converts to better things on the offensive end and the whole game of basketball,” Johnson said.
“We are gelling really well going into the last two weeks of the regular season and into postseason,” Johnson said. “Every game we are getting a little bit better.”