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Macy Miller breaks 34-year-old record

The record books for Mitchell High School girls’ basketball have a new author named Macy Miller.

But in the District 3AA championship, when the Kernel star sank her 168th free throw of the season, she etched her name into South Dakota high school basketball lore.

Miller broke the Class AA single-season scoring record 24 seconds into the Kernels’ win over Pierre Thursday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell to advance to the state tournament.

Miller eclipsed the standard set by Kris Holwerda, of Brookings, of 624 points. The record was nearly twice as old as Miller herself, set in 1980.

The South Dakota State University signee scored 41 points in Mitchell’s 72-30 win and sits at 665 points for the year.

“I can’t believe this has happened, it’s crazy,” Miller said. “I have worked so hard in the offseason for this and people have been saying great things about me.”

After making her 176th free throw of the year early in the fourth quarter against Pierre, Miller exited to a standing ovation from the 1,700 people in attendance at the Corn Palace. The attendance was estimated by Mitchell Activities Director Geoff Gross.

The Class AA record for scoring in a season is an unofficial record, as statistics for regular season games are not kept by the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The mark was verified by numerous media outlets and coaches from around the state.

So far this season, Miller has set the school record for points, free throws made, field goals made and steals in a season. Miller also owns the mark for points in a game, points in a career and steals in a career at Mitchell.

She set the Class AA record for points in a game with 49 against Spearfish on Feb. 8.

On deck in the Macy Miller record-smashing tour is the Kernels’ overall scoring record in a season set by her cousin, Mike Miller, who plays for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, at 689. He recorded the mark in his senior season with the Kernel boys’ team in 1998.

There may or may not be another Macy Miller down the road in South Dakota, but with three more games for the Kernels at the Class AA state tournament, her records may stand long past 34 years.

When asked about setting the bar high enough to be everlasting, Miller smiled and simply said, “That would be great” with a smile.