LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - On a 17-6 St. Louis Lady Saint squad Alexandria Goodly shines as the top scoring threat with a 20 point-per-game average. But, it’s her ability to run the show that makes her so special.
“I just try to get everybody involved and make sure everybody touches the ball at the same time. I also try to be a floor general and make sure everything goes correctly," said Goodly.
“It’s a blessing to have a division-one ball player on your team because it makes the team better and that’s what’s happening for us right now," St. Louis head coach Tony Johnson said.
But for Goodly, everything wasn’t always good. In the summer of 2017 she tore her ACL and missed her entire junior season.
“That injury was probably the toughest time I ever had because most people don’t come back from that. I’m just grateful for the support team that I had and that I was able to shake back from that injury," Goodly said.
“If I knew of anybody that would come back with a good, strong start it would be her because three months after the surgery she was in the gym shooting. By sitting that year and watching her teammates play it made her a better ball player because she had the coaching and was able to see the game from the bench," Johnson added.
Throughout that whole process, one thing remained. UL-Lafayette never doubted Goodly as she signed in November to continue her basketball career for the Cajuns.
“Most of the time when something traumatic happens like an ACL injury people just give up because they assume that you’re going to give up. I never gave up and they never gave up on me so I’m just thankful that they stayed down for me," Goodly said.