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Macy Miller breaks Kernel career steals record

Macy Miller is on pace to be the most prolific scorer in the history of Kernel girls’ basketball, but her most recent milestone comes from her work under the opposing basket.

With four takeaways against Sioux Falls O’Gorman Saturday, Miller passed Jenna (Hoffman) Kubesh as Mitchell’s career leader with 209 steals.

Kubesh’s record of 208 was set from 1998 to 2004.

“Macy continues to get stronger and smarter,” Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said. “She does a great job of anticipating passes and jumping the ball.”

Miller, a South Dakota State University signee, has 53 steals in 12 games this season for a Kernel team that is ranked second in Class AA with a record of 11-1 (9-0 ESD).

The senior creates havoc for opposing offenses by stepping into passing lanes, deflecting the ball and getting her team out on the fast break, according to Morgan.

The defense to offense mentality is something Miller and her team has embraced this season.

“She reads the ball really well,” Morgan said. “People don’t realize how fast she is, but she is so quick to the ball.”

Miller, who already holds the school’s single season steals record with 77 set in 2012-13, is averaging 4.4 steals per game for Mitchell. 

Team success is a singular focus for Miller, who was unaware that she had broken the record, but said it is exciting.

She has 220 steals and counting for a career which started in the eighth grade. The benchmark for career steals should be the first of a handful of records she topples this season.

Miller is on pace to break her own records for points, steals and free throws in a season, while also setting marks for field goal and free-throw percentage, and total field goals in a season. Miller has also come close to breaking the Kernel single-game scoring record of 34 on a number of occasions this year, scoring 31 twice. She is averaging 28 points per game.

The record for career points is also within Miller’s grasp. She is 276 points shy of Kerri Young’s record of 1,760 set last season.