Loyola’s Lawson Godfrey takes the game to new heights


MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Loyola Lawson junior goaltender Godfrey set a new program record for points scored in a game (48) on Monday, while also hitting the 1,000 point milestone.

“He’s about the most complete basketball player possible,” Loyola head coach Sam Carlson said.

Lawson Godfrey continues to make improvements on the floor year after year, and everything is falling into place for one of the leading state-ranked Crusaders.

“I started to attack the rim more, and when you start to see the ball go every way possible, the confidence builds, builds, builds, and now I’m at the point where I am now” , said Godfrey.

It doesn’t matter where Godfrey gets the ball, as the junior threatens to score from anywhere on the pitch by any means possible.

“I’m not exactly the tallest guy, I’m not exactly the most athletic guy, so I have to find a way to do that,” he said. “For me, it’s getting my shot up over the defender and sort of working around the edge to get the ball in the basket, no matter where the defender is.”

Although Godfrey makes all of those tough shots easy on game day, it’s all just the product of countless hours in the gym.

“He really worked hard, he always did. I’ve been training him since 7th grade, I’ve never met a more intense kid. In 7th grade, I rarely saw him smile, he’s all business. He’s a little happier now, but the most important thing is that he’s always worked,” Carlson described. “I remember after a game last year we got off the bus around 11pm and he went straight to Fitzgerald Gym, stayed there until 1am. He just worked, didn’t shoot very well that night and worked on his craft. I think on nights like this it shows the younger guys that hard work pays off, and there’s a reason he has 1,000 points as a junior.

There’s still plenty of time in Godfrey’s high school career to potentially hit the 2,000-point mark, but more importantly, the junior is focused on winning games in hopes of winning a sectional title with the Crusaders. .

Godfrey’s leadership and scoring ability is why the junior is our Scheels Prep Athlete of the Week.

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