La Salle's Aleah Goodman named 5A Player of the Year
La Salle Prep's Aleah Goodman repeatedly proved she is one of the state's best high school basketball players with the ball in her hands.
She was just as good without the ball.
Goodman, the Oregon State-bound senior point guard, was named the OSAA Class 5A Player of the Year for the third season in a row after leading the Falcons (26-2) to their second state championship in three seasons.
"Aleah had about the best year she ever could have had," La Salle coach Kelli Wedin said. "She really did. She was good all over.
"It wasn't just her facilitating her teammates. It was her leading up in rebounds, assists, and steals, and defensively having to guard one of the other team's best players every game."
The 5-foot-9 Goodman started all 28 games and average 13.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 4.5 steals a game for a team that went undefeated against in-state opponents and closed the season on a 22-game winning streak.
Goodman had 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three blocked shots -- all game highs -- to lead La Salle to a 44-26 win over Silverton in the Class 5A championship final at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.
"This is the best," she said after her final game for the Falcons. "I get to end my high school career where I get to start my college career. Not a lot of players get to say that.
"And then to end it with a state championship makes it even better."
In three tournament games, Goodman racked up 46 points, 19 rebounds, 15 assists and nine steals, and was a unanimous pick along with teammate Taycee Wedin to the all-tournament first team.
"We are going to miss Aleah's leadership, the intensity that she brings every day, and her passion and love for the game," Kelli Wedin said. "I know we have some great kids coming back that will be great leaders, but Aleah is Aleah. She's special and you just can't replace a player like her."
Wedin said it's difficult to project where Goodman will fit into the defensive-minded Beavers' scheme and what kind of impact she could have as a freshman.
"Aleah is a great defender, but it's hard to know what the looks like at the next level, especially when it's the Pac-12," Kelli Wedin said. "That's a different kind of athlete that you're going against every day, but Aleah is such a competitor and such a hard worker and so determined, I think she'll find a way to get time on that court."
Joining Goodman on the all-state first team were La Salle's Taycee Wedin, Springfield's Cielo Gonzalez, and Corvallis' Grace Corbin and Alexandria Valleancey-Martinson
Putnam senior post Haley Brandel earned honorable mention after leading the Kingsmen to a 18-9 record and a berth in the state quarterfinals.
OSAA CLASS 5A GIRLS' BASKETBALL
Aleah Goodman, Sr., La Salle Prep
Taycee Wedin, Jr., La Salle Prep
Alexandria Vallancey-Martinson, Sr., Corvallis
Cielo Gonzalez, Jr., Springfield
Grace Corbin, Sr., Corvallis
Tayla Wheeler, Sr., Bend
Hailey Smisek, Sr., Silverton
Maddy Juul, Jr., Hermiston
Sophia Jackson, Sr., Bend
Lauren Eagen, Jr., Marist
Isis Smith, Soph., Churchill
Maggie, Roth, Jr., Silverton
Emma McKenney, Soph., Marist Catholic
Kalan McGlothan, Jr., Pendleton
Katie Mayhue, Jr., South Albany
Mallory Heard, Sr., Crater
Makenna Gambee, Sr., Hillsboro
Sophie Bynum, Sr., Wilsonville
Haley Brandel, Sr., Putnam
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Aleah Goodman, Sr., La Salle Prep
COACH OF THE YEAR: Greg Garrison, Corvallis