The 2019-20 season included milestone achievements, statement victories, and, ultimately, a winning record for the Goshen High School girls basketball program.
The Gladiators navigated a tough schedule that brought challenges at every turn, and yet tallied a fine overall mark of 13-7, including a 6-4 record in Division play.
As Goshen head coach Eric Harris reflected on the recently ended season, a couple of contests came immediately to mind.
“The two games that stand out to me are Newburgh and Burke," Harris said. “Newburgh because it was Senior Night, and that's always special. We graduated three players this year, McKenzie Schlechtweg, Bella Leva, and Erin Smith, all whom have played critical roles in building this program. Burke because it's the one game I had to miss due to a death in the family, and our assistant coaches and players found a way to persevere.’’
Smith has been outstanding throughout her time on the team. She reached a significant peak this winter.
“Smith, a senior, set the all-time girls and boys scoring record in Goshen basketball history,’’ Harris said. “She finished her career with 1,354 points and averaged over 18 points per game this season. More than any point she's ever scored though, it's her leadership and character that impress me most.’’
A member of the sophomore class proved to be a force for the offense this year.
“Madison Clark averaged 17 points per game this season and truly came into her own as a leader,’’ Harris said. “She's an extension of the coaching staff on the floor, and we look forward to having her back for two more seasons. She is the standard for work ethic and commitment moving forward in this program.’’
Jill Bronson was among the student-athletes on the roster who showed steady improvements on the court.
“Brosnan, a sophomore, really came into her own as one of our best defensive players as the season progressed,’’ Harris said. “She's athletic, tough, and smart, which really helped us.’’
Goshen advanced to the Section IX playoff quarterfinal round before losing to Red Hook. Optimism abounds for the 2020-2021 season.
“We learned a lot about ourselves this year and although we are losing three seniors who were pillars of this program in McKenzie, Bella, and Erin, we have a young core of players who have a lot of experience and know what it takes to be successful next season,’’ Harris said. “If we put in the work this off season, and I think we will, we have a chance to be strong next year.’’
“We learned a lot about ourselves this year and although we are losing three seniors who were pillars of this program in McKenzie, Bella, and Erin, we have a young core of players who have a lot of experience and know what it takes to be successful next season. If we put in the work this off season, and I think we will, we have a chance to be strong next year.’’ --Head Coach Eric Harris