Girls Basketball: Miller hits 2,000, Goodhue stomps Blooming Prairie
For five minutes, it appeared Mikayla Miller’s date with destiny might be pushed to Friday. With Blooming Prairie clogging the lane, Miller’s quest for 2,000 career points hit a bit of a speed bump Thursday.
But the Awesome Blossoms could not contain Miller, or her teammates, for long as the Wildcats started to fill the bucket en route to a 73-47 non-conference victory.
Miller ended up scoring point No. 2,000 with 1 minute, 1 second left in the first half, the culmination of a four-year career that has put her on top of the school’s all-time scoring list.
“With these last couple of weeks, she’s established herself as the top player this school has ever had as far as accomplishments go,” said Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme. “But I’m hesitant to say that because of (former Ms. Basketball) Sue Fiero, but I think you can put (Miller) up there with all of them.”
Blooming Prairie started out collapsing the lane, but Shelby Hinsch hit two 3-pointers to stretch the defense, allowing Miller to start attacking the rim.
“They started in a zone, and you have to hit outside shots against it and Shelby did and Michelle (Hadler) did. I’ve said it a lot, that Mikayla gets the attention, but there are a lot of good shooters out there,” Wieme said.
Miller finished with 27 points, 19 of which came in the first half, as well as eight steals and six rebounds. Hinsch scored a career-high 22, with Meredith Watson complementing her post defense with seven points and 10 rebounds.
“Shelby had a fantastic game, a consistent effort against a good post player in Taylor Hagen,” Wieme said. “We knew she was the focus, and the kids knew it, too. Shelby and Meredith did a great job defensively.”
Hagen, who has committed to the university of Northern Iowa, scored 14 points for the Blossoms, as did teammate Sara Noble.
Fourth-ranked (Class 1A) Goodhue (15-4) will host Triton Friday, then visit Cannon Falls Monday.