MITCHELL — It would be an understatement to call Macy Miller’s senior season memorable.
The Mitchell point guard broke eight school records and three Class AA girls basketball records, while helping the Kernels to their third straight state championship game.
“She’s probably the best overall athlete that I’ve coached,” Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan said.
For her spectacular season, Miller was unanimously named the Class AA player of the year and headlines the all-state first team. The teams are chosen by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association and the South Dakota Sportswriters Association.
Other first-teamers include Sioux Falls Washington’s Ellie Benson, Sioux Falls Roosevelt’s Tagyn Larson, Sioux Falls O’Gorman’s Dalee Stene, Sturgis Brown’s Lynsey Prosser and Sioux Falls Lincoln’s Ellie Brecht.
There were times when the South Dakota State University signee was triple-teamed and still managed to record numbers South Dakota fans haven’t seen from a girls basketball player in years.
Miller broke the Class AA girls record for points in a game (49), Class AA girls state tournament record with 103 points in three games and a South Dakota high school record for points in a season for all classes (768). She’s also Mitchell High School’s all-time leading scorer with 1,921 points, surpassing SDSU freshman Kerri Young and Macy’s cousin and the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Miller.
“She can get herself out of situations,” Morgan said. “She’s smart and reads the floor well. She’s solid, strong and can handle the ball. You don’t have kids that can do that every day.”
With a pair of 40-point performances from Miller, the Kernels (23-2) got past tough Roosevelt and O’Gorman teams in the first two rounds of the state tournament. But the run stopped there as Mitchell fell to Nate Malchow’s Washington Warriors in the title game 58-51.
Benson, a senior guard and all-tournament selection, averaged 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game during the season for the state champion Warriors.
“Ellie’s basketball talent and leadership have played a key role in our program’s success during the past four years,” Malchow said. “Her ability to make plays for the Warriors on the offensive and defensive ends of the court were critical in our run to the state AA championship. At 5-foot-8, she is one of the best rebounding guards to ever come through our program.”
Roosevelt’s Larson earned her second all-state honor as a junior for the Rough Riders, who finished fifth at state. The guard averaged 15 points and eight rebounds per game.
“Tagyn owns the game and career records in blocked shots, is third in rebounds and has 800 career points,” Roosevelt head coach Chris Clark said of the University of Iowa commit. “She is a game-changer on the defensive end.”
Dalee helped the Knights to a third-place finish at the state tournament. The junior guard averaged 11 points, two rebounds and four assists per game.
“Dalee is our floor general and a leader out on the court,” O’Gorman head coach Kent Kolsrud said. “She is extremely versatile offensively with the ability to shoot the perimeter jump shot, penetrate to the basket and score. She is a very smart player who made a lot of big plays for us.”
Prosser, a senior guard/forward, led the Scoopers to back-to-back state tournaments after a five-year hiatus, taking fourth this season. The Augustana recruit averaged 17 points, six rebounds and one assist per game.
Brecht was the only all-state selection for Lincoln, the lone Sioux Falls school to miss the state tournament. The senior guard averaged 17 points, four rebounds and two assists per game.
“Ellie carried a very young Lincoln Patriots team this year,” Lincoln first-year coach Matt Daly said. “She has an amazing work ethic, high basketball IQ and is one of, if not the best, spot up shooters in the state. She’s an outstanding leader and student.”
Players on the all-state second team include O’Gorman junior Jessica Mieras, Sturgis senior Kahlie Peterson, Pierre junior Sydney Palmer, Roosevelt senior Paige Mriden, Pierre senior Kaitlyn Severyn and Rapid City Stevens senior Jennie Scharn.
GIRLS’ CLASS AA
Macy Miller, 6-foot senior, Mitchell (30.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 bpg)
Ellie Benson, 5-foot-8 senior, Sioux Falls Washington (12 ppg, 7 rpg, 4 apg, 3 spg)
Tagyn Larson, 6-foot-2 junior, Sioux Falls Roosevelt (15.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.6 bpg)
Dalee Stene, 5-foot-7 junior, Sioux Falls O’Gorman (11 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.8 spg)
Lynsey Prosser, 5-foot-7 senior, Sturgis Brown (17 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2 spg)
Ellie Brecht, 5-foot-11 junior, Sioux Falls Lincoln (17.1 ppg, 4 rpg, 1.9 apg)
Jessica Mieras, 6-foot-2 junior, Sioux Falls O’Gorman (11.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.5 apg)
Kahlie Peterson, 5-foot-11 senior, Sturgis Brown (15.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2.5 spg)
Sydney Palmer, 5-foot-11 junior, Pierre (14.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg)
Paige Mriden, 5-foot-7 guard, Sioux Falls Roosevelt (16 ppg, 3 rpg, 1.1 apg)
Kaitlyn Severyn, 5-foot-11 senior, Pierre (11.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2 spg, 1.7 bpg)
Jennie Scharn, 5-foot-11 senior, Rapid City Stevens (14.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.5 apg)For the complete article see the 04-03-2014 issue.
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