High School Sports

El Paso finds signee Goodwin with a grin

Fannie Goodwin isn’t much for smiles, and the moments leading to her signing ceremony Wednesday morning didn’t produce one. ... until her Lower Richland High teammates got involved.

“I just like being around them,” said Goodwin, who helped Lower Richland win the past three Class 4A championships and signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Texas at El Paso. “I mean, sometimes, I’m serious, but I also like to have fun. My teammates and I just worked hard and have been through a lot together.”

Goodwin averaged 10.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and two blocks as the Diamond Hornets finished last season ranked fifth nationally, according to ESPN.

In the fall, Goodwin, a 6-foot-1 post player, will have to adjust to a new team. She said she fell in love with UTEP after an April 24 visit.

Goodwin joins a Miners team that went 28-4 last season, including a 16-0 mark in Conference USA. UTEP lost to Stanford in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

“We're very excited about signing Fannie Goodwin,” UTEP coach Keitha Adams said. “Fannie will bring an inside attack to our offense and defense. She has great hands and can really finish around the basket.

“We love the fact that she's played on three state championship teams and knows what it takes to win.”

Goodwin is looking forward to the next stage of her basketball career.

“I’m ready to go. I’m ready to experience new things, new people and a new environment,” Goodwin said, then smiled.

Reach Davis at (803) 771-8442