Goss an all-around threat

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “When you get a good solid rebound and push the ball up the court to spark the offense, that’s what gives me a lot of energy,” she said. “Scoring is fun too, I just like to rebound because it helps the team more.” Newbury Park (12-6, 6-0), ranked No. 3 by the Daily News, has profited from her efforts. At 5-foot-9, she leads the team with 18.3 points and seven rebounds per game. “She can outrebound players who are 6-1 or even taller than that sometimes,” said longtime Newbury Park coach Nori Parvin. “Her vertical leap must be at least 26 or 27 (inches). People usually don’t expect guards to rebound, but she does.” As the team’s only senior, Goss has provided leadership that has been crucial to the team’s success. Junior guard Chelsea Davis said Goss’ ability to settle down her teammates was crucial in a 55-48 come-from-behind league victory over then No. 6 Westlake on Jan. 11, when the Panthers rallied from a 16-point deficit midway through the third quarter. NEWBURY PARK – There is no shame in hitting game-winning 3-pointers and breaking school scoring records. But Newbury Park High senior guard Kavita Goss takes more pride in doing the dirty work that has the Panthers on course to run away with the intensely competitive Marmonte League than the glamour that comes with being one of the area’s leading scorers. “She never loses faith in us,” Davis said. “She’s `super-nice, but when it comes down to the game she knows what we need to do. Sometimes if we’re a little bit off she makes sure we stay focused. She knows how to pick us up.” Goss’ success in the classroom has apparently rubbed off on her game, too. Goss maintains a GPA above 3.8. She’s taken multiple advanced placement courses. “What I’ve done on the court kind of carries over to what I do off the court,” Goss said. “The principles are the same. If you work hard you’ll succeed in whatever you do. If you study hard for a test and you’re going to get an ‘A’. If you practice hard countless hours in the gym, you’re going to excel in your game.” Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Goss, who is headed to Loyola Marymount, has had a taste of the limelight. She was featured on Fox Sports Net as one of the Southland’s premier student athletes after a 41-point performance Jan. 6 against Moorpark, which broke the school single-game scoring record previously held by USC’s Brynn Cameron. But to hear Goss tell it, nothing gets her adrenaline flowing like crashing the boards. last_img