The Sun's Girls Basketball Players of the Year
Published: Friday, April 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 12:30 a.m.
Cartaesha Macklin, Lafayette
The area's leading scorer at 29.2 points per game, Macklin surpassed Natalie Land's school record for points in a season with 849, and also averaged 12.7 rebounds a game. The 5-5 senior guard sparked the Hornets to their second straight FHSAA Class 2A state tournament and third in four years. Although Lafayette fell to Sagemont in the state semifinals, Macklin's 33 points was the second highest game total in the tournament. She was a first team all-state basketball selection all four years in high school.
Macklin, who also plays volleyball and softball and was The Sun's 2009-2010 small school female athlete of the year, enjoys listening to music and drawing. She verbally committed to play basketball at Southern Illinois University on March 21.
“I'm pretty excited about playing at the next level. It's disappointing we weren't able to find a way to win at state, but it was exciting getting there.” — Cartaesha Macklin
Jessica Goble, Buchholz
A nominee for the Florida Dairy Farmers' Class 5A player of the year, Goble, a 5-foot-9 guard, averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game as the Bobcats reached their first FHSAA state semifinals since 2000 and third time ever. Goble, a starter in each of coach Rebecca Williams' four years as head coach, was an effective outside shooter who also could drive to the basket. Goble was the Buchholz's lone senior starter and captain of the team.
Goble, who off the court enjoys spending time with her family, currently has two college offers at St. Petersburg College and Northwest Florida State College. She is looking forward to taking her basketball skills to the next level.
“We had an awesome season, but it would have been better if we had won the rings as state champions. Our goal was to play in late February and that is what we did.” — Jessica Goble
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