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Miller seeks redemption in senior season

The 2012-13 season ended with disappointment for the Mitchell girls’ basketball team, as the talented group came up just short of its second consecutive Class AA state title.

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With Kerri Young at South Dakota State University and Kristin Sabers at Dakota Wesleyan University this year, the goal of getting back to the championship rests in the capable hands of senior guard Macy Miller.

Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan sees Miller, an SDSU signee, as one of the best he has seen come through South Dakota basketball, but knows his star is ultimately a team player.

“She works hard to find the open player,” Morgan said. “She has never been a ball hog.”

When asked about what she expects for herself this season, Miller is quick to bring it right back to the team and what the team needs to do to get better.

“I know I have players behind me that can score and I have faith in them.” Miller said.

Miller led the Kernels in scoring last season with 19 points per game, but she now has a relatively inexperienced bunch around her. Besides Miller, junior Taylor Volesky is the only returning Kernel who averaged more than 10 minutes per game a year ago.

The young team is talented, but could face some growing pains early in the season until the supporting cast gains confidence.

“I feel like we were taller last year, but this year we are more of a three-point shooting team,” Miller said. “We can run the floor well. We need to play good team defense and get those steals to turn them into fast-break points.”

Going into last season, the Kernels were ranked No. 1 and took every team’s best shot. This year they come in ranked No. 5 and Miller feels like her team has to remind people Mitchell will be there at the end of the season.

“This year we are kind of the underdogs,” Miller said at practice Thursday. “I feel like we should be rated higher. Just because we lost six seniors doesn’t mean we should be down low. We’ll just have to come out and prove it tomorrow.”

The Kernels will not have a chance to ease into things as they open their season against No. 4 Pierre at 7 tonight at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

“I’m hoping it will be packed and loud for the first game,” Miller said.

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