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Legendary describes Angel Goodrich almost from the beginning at Sequoyah High School.
In her second game as a freshman, the 5-foot-3 bundle of speed netted a quadruple-double: 21 points, 10 rebounds, 10 steals and 10 assists.
Three-plus years later, Goodrich has been involved in a lot of firsts at for the Tahlequah, Okla., program.
As a freshman on the varsity, Goodrich and her teammates won the school's first state title, taking Oklahoma's small 3A class by storm. Then came back-to-back state titles. As a junior, there was the undefeated season with a third-straight state title.
And amidst it all came the recruiters.
After signing a National Letter of Intent in November to continue her basketball career at Kansas, Goodrich, with a career 18.7 points-per-game average, became the first Sequoyah student-athlete to sign with a Division I school directly out of high school.
"She's pretty special. She really is," Sequoyah coach Bill Nobles said. "Reggie Jackson once called himself the straw that stirs the drink. That's kind of Angel. We've got a pretty good drink in there; our kids play really, really hard."
Goodrich is the master of the floor for the Indians. And considering she more often than not plays just a half, at least during league play, for the strong 22-2 Seqouyah program, her senior-year statistics are an impressive 14.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 5.8 steals per game.
"Most of our team is fundamentals," Goodrich said. "That's what coach teaches us to focus on. We try to push the ball and get the other team tired."
But on a team with no players taller than 5-foot-10, speed is the x-factor for Sequoyah and Goodrich produces. She sails down the court at the speed of light and can shoot or dish to a cavalry of equally speedy teammates. The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) named her to its high-school, all-star game, held in conjunction with its convention at the women's Final Four.
"She has great court vision," 6A Sapulpa (Okla.) coach Darlean Calip said. "She knows when to step up and when to be a silent leader."
Another first of Goodrich's senior year was exposure to top teams outside of Oklahoma. The Indians went 3-1 at December's Nike Tournament of Champions and finished fifth, with its only loss against Beaverton, Ore.'s Southridge program.
Sequoyah took out Ursuline Academy, Pennsylvania's Archbishop Carroll and Washington's Auburn Riverside in the tournament.
"(Angel)'s a phenomenal player. For her size and with her ability to do some things, its pretty amazing" said Auburn Riverside coach Adam Barrett, whose own defending state champions had circles run around them by Sequoyah.
"It just goes to show you that you don't have to be 6-1 or 6-3 to be elite," Barrett said. "That kid's one of the best kids we've seen as far as just poise under pressure. It was fun watching her play.
"It sucked having to coach against her but it was fun watching her play."
In the Indians' past 68 games, including a district playoff win Saturday, they are an impressive 66-2, including 22-2 this season.
And now, Goodrich, the three-time Oklahoma State Tournament's MVP, could help Sequoyah with an Oklahoma first: no school in Oklahoma history has won the girls basketball title four consecutive years.
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Angel Goodrich has Sequoyah on the fast track to a first-ever Oklahoma state four-peat., writes HoopGurlz's Mindi Rice.