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Edison's Engine Goodwin Keeps Chugging

Senior guard riding streak of 11-straight 20-point games.

Edison point guard Myisha Goodwin makes just about everything look easy on the basketball court.

Her free-throws sink effortlessly through the hoop, she executes exciting no-look passes with ease, and scoring 20 points or more in a game is a pedestrian feat.

"I'm able to score when I want to," Goodwin said. "I can take players one-on-one and if players know where I am they can give me the ball [to score]."

It's not just that Goodwin sometimes can score close to half her team's points in a game, but that she's consistently does so.

The last time the North Carolina State-bound guard scored less than 20 points in a game was on Dec. 5 in a 57-47 overtime victory against Riverbend.

"She's the engine to our team," head coach Dianne Lewis said. "When she goes, we go."

Lewis said she believes Goodwin could even score 30 points-per-game.

"She knows how to score and she knows how to get to the basket," Lewis said. "She's going to make sure she can get to the basket. She knows how to finish."

On Jan. 19, Goodwin once again displayed her finishing ability with a 27-point game in a lop-sided 81-38 victory against Yorktown.

Goodwin said her talent doesn't just come from hard-work in the gym or on the court, but from scouting her competition in the next level.

"I watch a lot of college basketball, teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and learn from them," she said. "I look at their ball-handling and playmaking."

Her interest in analyzing players in the ACC, home to top girls' basketball programs such as Duke, North Carolina and Florida State, is simple.

"That's where I'll be playing next year," she said. "I want to be ready for them."

Despite Goodwin’s boisterous on-court scoring presence, Lewis said her star player lets her actions speak louder than words.

"She's a quiet leader," Lewis said. "She's not the most vocal kid, but she sees the floor very well and makes our post players look really good."

Her teammates also recognize her hushed leadership style.

"[Goodwin] lets her game do the talking," junior guard Kierra Graham said. "It's not that she's always quiet. ... She's just a great asset to the team and doesn't always have to be vocal."

Goodwin's exceptional play is only one reason the Eagles are enjoying a 13-1 record this season, riding a 12-game winning streak that dates to Dec. 5.

"[The success] has actually come from our defense," Lewis said. "Our focus this year is to have the defense help us create points on offense."

Another element in the Eagles’ lengthy winning streak stems to their only loss, a 48-41 defeat by Osbourn Park on the season's opening night on Dec. 3.

"We learned from that loss," Lewis said. "We had a horrible third quarter. We had more turnovers than baskets. So we worked from that game."

Now it's a matter of making sure the success doesn't get to the girls' heads as the season draws to a close and National District tournament play looms.

"We talk to them about [getting complacent] every single day," Lewis said. "Every day we challenge ourselves and each other. We know there will be teams that are building in our schedule, so we have to make sure we continue to play hard."

The Eagles next face Hayfield (6-8) on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7:45 p.m., at Edison High School.