Mention the name Randall Goldsborough to her St. Mary's coach, Harry Dobson, and observe the smile that creases his face.
Mention her to opposing Baltimore Catholic League basketball coaches and watch as they collectively shake their heads in amazement.
Following the fourth-ranked Saints' 57-55 victory yesterday over No. 10 Mercy, Sharpshooters coach Mary Ella Marion was left standing in astonishment.
"It totally amazes me how Goldsborough can stop on a dime and shoot it right away without even looking at the basket," said Marion, who could only cringe as Goldsborough amassed 27 points, nine rebounds and five steals. "It seemed like our legs weren't as strong as they needed to be, whereas Goldsborough's were still just as strong as she was when the game started."
Goldsborough opened the game with a three-pointer, and before the first quarter ended, with the Saints ahead 17-13, the 5-foot-4 senior guard had 11 points and two three-pointers. Before the final buzzer sounded, Goldsborough would make five more three-pointers to give her six on the day.
"I may be a little prejudiced, but I think Goldsborough is the best ballplayer in Anne Arundel County, bar none," said Dobson, whose team is undefeated in the league at 8-0 and 14-2 overall. "She's clutch."
Coming through in the clutch for the Saints, however, was Kristin Flewelling. The 6-2 senior scored only two points in the game, but her basket came when St. Mary's needed it most -- with the score tied at 53 and 21 seconds on the clock.
With still enough time to tie things up, Mercy's Stephanie Rohe (18 points) threw up a three-pointer that caromed off the rim and into the hands of the Saints' Kristine Manning, who got it to Goldsborough. Mercy immediately fouled her and Goldsborough proceeded to make both ends of the one-and-one.
St. Mary's, which beat the Sharpshooters, 60-48, in Mercy's opener Dec. 10, saw an improved squad the second time around. The Sharpshooters rallied in the second quarter and outscored the Saints, 14-7, to claim a 28-24 lead at the half.
Goldsborough cut that lead to one with a flick of the wrist when she opened the second half with her fifth three-pointer. The two teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter, with Mercy clinging a three-point lead, 41-38, heading into the final period.
With Mercy expanding its zone defense to try to negate Goldsborough's three-point bombs, St. Mary's went down low to senior forward Amy Mikula, who notched 14 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with 1:15 remaining.
"We knew it was going to come down to our defense," Goldsborough said. "I think keeping our composure is what our team has been good at doing throughout the year. Even the bad games that we have, we just keep on winning, because we keep our composure and if we miss a shot, we don't worry about it."