Macy Miller becomes Mitchell High School's all-time leading scorer
Following Mitchell’s first round District 3AA win over Huron Monday, Macy Miller was asked to delay her return to the locker room so a special moment could be honored.
The senior guard stood at center court of the Corn Palace to a standing ovation from the Kernel crowd after breaking the school’s career scoring record earlier in the game.
“I’ve worked so hard to get to this point and it feels great,” Miller said.
Miller, who is never one to boast about her numerous accomplishments, gave a quick wave to the crowd with a red-faced smile. After a fist bump with Mitchell coach Wes Morgan, Miller was congratulated by her teammates and quietly left the court.
“To say that I played high school basketball with Macy Miller is pretty awesome,” Volesky said.
It is the second time in two years that the record has been broken, as Kerri Young set the mark of 1,760 points last season. With 24 points Monday, Miller now sits at 1,777 and has the potential for four or five more games this season.
The record became Miller’s when she hit a 15-foot straight-away jump shot with 55 seconds left in the first quarter giving her eight points in the game and 1,761 career points.
“She is a great kid on and off the court,” Morgan said. “She deserves everything she is getting. I don’t think people realize how hard it is for her to score with all of the attention opposing defenses give her.”
Young said the pressure she felt last year when chasing the record mostly came from people outside of the team talking about it and her advice for Miller would be to just ignore it all.
“I didn’t really think about it because when you think about it that’s when you have a bad game,” Miller said.
In the fourth quarter, Miller reached another milestone, tying the Class AA single-season scoring record of 624 set by Brookings’ Kris Holwerda in 1981. She tied the record by making the first of two free-throw attempts just before exiting the one-sided game. Miller missed the second free-throw attempt, which is a rarity for the future South Dakota State University player.
“I don’t like missing free throws,” Miller said. “They are free. They should be easy.”
Miller shoots 92 percent from the free-throw line, but was just 3-of-6 in her attempts against the Tigers. She was unaware of the Class AA record at the time of missing her last free throw.
“She makes everything look so easy,” said Young, who is playing in the Summit League Championships Monday in Sioux Falls. “Having to step up so much this year, she has done amazing. Macy has helped her supporting cast improve and she makes everyone around her better. I’ve told our coaches at SDSU how much I miss playing with her.”
Miller has now set seven Kernel records in 2013-14. Earlier this season, she broke the school’s mark in single-season scoring, free throws made, field goals made and steals, as well as career steals and single-game scoring. On Feb. 8, Miller scored 49 points in a game at Spearfish to break the Class AA scoring mark in a single game.
The No. 1 Kernels play the District 3AA championship against Pierre at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Corn Palace. Mitchell fans who hope to see Miller break the Class AA single-season mark will need to get to the Corn Palace on time, as her first basket will set the new mark.