Macy Miller breaks Mike's record for MHS' single-season scoring record
BROOKINGS — Macy Miller has run her name to the top of the Mitchell girls’ basketball record books in numerous categories all season.
She topped standards she set as a junior and has eclipsed marks that had been established long before her time as a Kernel.
In Mitchell’s quarterfinal win over Sioux Falls Roosevelt in the Class AA state tournament Thursday in Brookings, Miller passed another familiar name in Kernel lore.
The senior guard scored her 690th point of the season with a jump shot late in tight battle against the Rough Riders to move past her cousin, Mike Miller, who is in his 13th season in the NBA and plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, giving her the most prolific scoring season in the history of Mitchell basketball for boys or girls.
“This one might be the most special,” Miller said when asked which of her record-breaking accomplishments means the most to her. “I thought it was tough to break the 400 or so points I had last year, so to get to this point is unbelievable.”
Miller is the first Kernel to score 700 points in a season, as her 38-point performance puts her at 703 points with two games left to play.
“Macy deserves everything she has accomplished,” Mike Miller said Thursday in an email to The Daily Republic. “She’s a hard worker and a great kid. The only surprising thing about her breaking my record is that it took as long as it did for her to break it. We are all very proud of her and excited to watch her future successes.”
For most of the night, it looked like Macy would have to wait another day to surpass her NBA veteran cousin, as her usual ability to get to the rim and score was hampered by a tough Rough Rider defense. But the South Dakota State University signee exploded in the fourth quarter for 17 points, securing a place in the Class AA semifinals for the Kernels against Sioux Falls O’Gorman at 7:45 p.m. today in Brookings.
This season, Miller has set new Kernel single-season records for points, steals, made field goals and made free throws, as well as single-game scoring. She is adding to her career marks for scoring and steals and has set the Class AA standard for scoring in a game and season. Her percentages for free throw and field goals are also on pace to set new Mitchell records.
Mike scored his 689 points in 1998 before going on to play at the University of Florida.
“I will be sure to make fun of Mike a little about this,” Macy joked.