College Spotlight – Gosnell Hits Major Milestone Amid Senior Season
Lainey Gosnell has done something very few others have – score 1,000 career points or more in high school and in college. It is a feat that is very difficult to accomplish at either level, and requires some domination, a lot of consistency, and absolutely some good health. Gosnell, an Appalachian State senior, accomplished hitting the milestone recently in a loss on January 15 to South Alabama.
“It felt really good to reach that milestone in my career,” says Gosnell, a 2017 graduate of Habersham Central. “And it was pretty cool to be able to achieve that in both high school and at the collegiate level. Being surrounded by my teammates has put me in a position to be successful and I am so thankful for that.”
Gosnell becomes the 27th member all time at App State to reach the mark, and she also has well over 500 career rebounds to her name as a Mountaineer. The forward is averaging a career-best 11.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in a year that is like none other.
“Everything has truly been crazy and different this year,” says Gosnell. “My everyday life has changed so much due to COVID. We have made a lot of sacrifices to be able to continue to play and be safe. The biggest growth I would say is just continuing to learn the game and understand it on a higher level. It has made me a better player, teammate, and leader.”
What has been phenomenal about the basketball career of Gosnell is her being plugged in from day one at both high school and college levels. That is evidenced by her 27 games played (5 starts) as a freshman at App State in 2017-18, where she tallied 7.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. And not just getting there, but staying there. To date, she has started 82 games and played in 105.
“I have been very blessed to have had to miss only a few games and practices freshman year due to a knee injury,” says Gosnell. “Other than that I have been able to stay healthy and on the court. Just coming in everyday and working on and developing as a player. Not only on the court but also just taking care of my body outside of basketball. Eating right, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of sleep are so important in recovering. So just staying on top of the things I can control in order to be the best I can be.”
With 2,877 minutes logged in her college career, Gosnell has 1,015 points, 524 rebounds, 73 assists, 61 steals, 31 blocks, and 144 3-pointers made. Amid the COVID pandemic, the NCAA has granted an extra year of eligibility for its student athletes. It’s yet to be determined for Gosnell on if she uses that extra year or heads on to other things.
“I am currently already in graduate school and entering my second semester now, so I have a head start on that,” adds Gosnell. “I have not made my decision, but with graduate school I would be starting my practicum next year so I have to decide which direction I am going to go.”
Regardless of if the end is this season or next, Gosnell is at peace with her career and all that she’s accomplished.
“I will have extreme fulfillment,” she says on whenever the end comes to her hoops career. “I would have not gone back and changed a single thing. I sincerely enjoyed my journey the entire time. Yes, I will miss it dearly, but I also have short and long term goals I will start to work towards in my career path.”
Gosnell enjoyed a decorated career at Habersham Central where she excelled in basketball, volleyball, and track and field (10 varsity letters). She averaged no less than 17 points and 9 rebounds per game all four seasons, earning her All-Region honors each year, including POY honors as a senior. She was also named BLITZ Player of the Year in both her junior and senior seasons. The star averaged 18 pts and 10.8 rebounds as a junior and 20.3 and 11.5 as a senior, being named All-State. She finished her career at Habersham with 2,008 career points, becoming the all-time leading scorer. Also a two-time BLITZ Volleyball Player of the Year, Gosnell is in the BLITZ Hall of Fame as both a basketball and volleyball player.