BROADALBIN — When she is open on the perimeter, Amsterdam head coach Eric Duemler has made clear to sophomore Sierra Goodson she has the green light to fire away.
She views herself as a “decent shooter.”
Her coach, he sees her as one much better than that — and a smiling Goodson admitted after Thursday’s Foothills Council girls’ basketball game that the night’s evidence favored Duemler’s take. In a 63-30 win against Broadalbin-Perth, the sophomore made 6 of 9 shots from 3-point range to score a game-high 18 points.
“I saw open spots for me to shoot [from],” Goodson said, “and everybody was just passing it to me.”
Especially during a 20-0 Amsterdam (9-1, 11-2) run in the first quarter, a span of play that followed a 5-0 start to the game for Broadalbin-Perth (3-7, 3-10).
“Once we got in a groove, we just kept it going,” Amsterdam junior Antonia May said.
During that Amsterdam run, Goodson made three of her 3s, then she added two more in the final minute of the first half to send her team into the break with a 36-10 lead.
“She was on tonight,” May said of Goodson, who added one more 3 in the third quarter to complete her night’s scoring.
Amsterdam is already one of the top Class A teams in Section II, but Duemler’s squad becomes even more dangerous for opponents when Goodson has her shot going. On a team with three players — May, plus classmates Andie Gannon and Jackie Stanavich — averaging in the teens and sophomore Sydney Hoefs running the show as the squad’s point guard, Goodson offers Amsterdam a long-range threat capable of punishing other teams for paying too much attention to her teammates.
“We can use that as our fifth option with our starting group,” Duemler said of Goodson, who has made a team-best 23 shots from downtown. “If she can do something like [what she Thursday night], who are [opponents] going to focus?”
“It changes us a lot,” Gannon said. “When someone is on with their 3s, you kind of just want to feed them the ball.”
Besides Goodson’s big night, Amsterdam received 11 points from Stanavich and 10 from May, while Gannon, Hoefs and Rosie Sculco each added seven. For Broadalbin-Perth, sophomore Makenzie Smith had a team-high 10 points.
In the future, Duemler said he sees Goodson developing into a more polished, all-around player on the offensive end of the court. For the 2019-20 season, though, Amsterdam needs a willing shooter to complement its regular top scorers.
“That’s her role now as a sophomore,” Duemler said. “I think that’s going to grow in the offseason and into next year.”
This year, though, Amsterdam still has a lot to play for — and a lot to prove after falling earlier this month to Queensbury in a matchup of the Foothills Council’s top teams. The rematch between the teams is still more than a couple weeks away, but isn’t far from the minds of Goodson and her teammates.
“I think we’re in a good spot right now. We’re coming for Queensbury. We’re ready,” Goodson said. “That’s what we’re working for.”
When Amsterdam and Queensbury first played, Amsterdam received all but three of its 48 points from Gannon, Hoefs, May and Stanavich in a six-point loss. Finding a reliable fifth scoring option is vital for Amsterdam as it moves forward.
A confident Goodson?
She can fill that role with her sweet shooting from the outside.
“That’s what my coach says,” Goodson said.
Amsterdam 20 16 15 12 — 63
Broadalbin 7 3 8 12 — 30
Amsterdam scoring: Stanavich 4-3-11, Gannon 3-1-7, S. Hoefs 3-1-7, Goodson 6-0-18, May 4-1-10, Patrei 0-3-3, Sculco 3-0-7. Broadalbin-Perth scoring: Goebel 2-0-6, Tomlinson 1-0-2, Bellandi 1-0-2, Hayes 1-0-2, Grainer 1-2-4, Bollart 2-0-4, Smith 4-1-10. Scoring totals: Amsterdam 23-9-63, Broadalbin-Perth 11-3-30.