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Miller breaks 11-year-old single-game scoring mark

Mitchell’s Macy Miller lays the ball in the basket to tie the school’s single-game scoring record against Yankton Friday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Miller broke the record minutes later and finished with 43 points. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

Mitchell girls’ basketball star Macy Miller has come close to the school’s girls’ single-game scoring record on several occasions this season, but never quite got there.

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In a 68-42 win over the Yankton Gazelles Friday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, Miller obliterated the record, pouring in 43 points for the Kernels.

“The game was going by so fast that I really had no idea,” Miller said about her fast start in the first half that set her up to break the record.

Miller shot 17-of-22 from the field to break Jenna Hoffman’s 11-year-old mark of 34 points. Miller’s season-high before her record-setting performance was 31, while her season low is 23.

“I just want to come out and play, if I break the record then it happens,” Miller said, adding that she was aware she was breaking the mark in the moments before it happened.

The record fell in traditional Miller fashion, with a steal leading to a fast-break layup with 2:27 left in the third quarter.

Miller said she was glad it happened on a layup, which she added is easier than breaking it with a jump shot.

The senior also set the school’s career steals record earlier this season and believes that good offense comes from playing solid defense.

“When you play good defense, the offense just comes along with it,” Miller said.

Miller finished with a game-high seven steals against Yankton.

The free-throw line has also been a friend to Miller, who made all seven of her attempts from the line against Yankton. Miller has made her last 27 free throws, going back four games.

“You hope that it happens, but I wanted it to be in the scheme of the game and not a set up for her to get it,” Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said.

The South Dakota State University signee used her defense early to set the tone and pick up easy fast break points. She finished the first quarter with 12 points and sank a three-pointer at the end of the first half to go into the locker room with 25.

“She did it in the flow of the game and if you didn’t look at the scoreboard, you wouldn’t know,” Morgan said. “I saw 25 at halftime and though ‘holy cow.’ ”

Macy’s cousin, Mike Miller holds the school’s record for boys with 54 points in a single game.

“I don’t think she was ever worried about the record,” Morgan added. “It’s a nice feather in her cap.”