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Girls Basketball: KoMets spoil milestone night for Wildcats

Goodhue’s Mikayla Miller drives the lane during Friday’s Hiawatha Valley League game against Kasson-Mantorville in Goodhue. Miller scored 23 points, breaking the school’s all-time points record in the process, but the KoMets left the gym with a 62-57 victory.1 / 2
Goodhue's Mikayla Miller surpassed Ashton Erie's school record -- both boys and girls basketball -- for career points in Friday's loss to Kasson-Mantorville. Erie scored 1,737 points from 2007-11.2 / 2

GOODHUE – The Goodhue Wildcats had cause for celebration during Friday’s Hiawatha Valley League game against Kasson-Mantorville. After a contested layup, senior Mikayla Miller became the school’s all-time leading scorer for both boys and girls with her 1,738th career point.

But when the final buzzer sounded, the KoMets were the last ones to celebrate after holding off the Wildcats for a 62-57 victory.

“We were working so hard, especially on defense, but we couldn’t get our composure on offense,” said Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme. As a team, the Wildcats shot 29 percent from the field.

Wieme added, “We’re still learning and growing.”

Leading by as much as 10 points in the first half, K-M’s inside defense gave Goodhue fits as the team’s ability to drive the lane with Miller and Kali Ryan was taken away.

“They’re playing man-to-man, and then they have a 6-foot-2 girl (Kristin Scott) under the basket playing a loose zone in the post,” Wieme said. 

Down 33-28 at half, the Wildcats’ efforts focused on opening the lane. 

“We were setting back screens and got their players moving a little bit,” said Miller, who finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds and six steals.

And, post Meredith Watson found her jump shot, forcing Scott to step out and try to defend away from the hoop. From there, the Wildcats attacked. Down 48-39, Goodhue cut the deficit with a quick pair of layups from Michelle Hadler and Shelby Hinsch. 

Then with 9 minutes, 5 seconds left in the game, Miller drove the lane, sank a layup and etched her name into the record books. Coming into the game with 1,725 career points, that basket put Miller past Ashton Erie as Goodhue’s all-time leading scorer. Erie racked up 1,737 points from 2007-11. 

After the bucket, the action stopped, and Miller received a standing ovation from the crowd.

“It was pretty cool,” Miller said of the ovation.

But she wasn’t done yet. After the record-setting layup, Miller scored 10 more points, including a layup with 1:10 left that put the Wildcats in the lead for the first time, 57-56.

Undeterred, the KoMets snatched the lead once again when Taylor Miller sank a pair of free throws. Then on an inbounds play with 23 seconds left, a defensive breakdown lead to an uncontested layup for Taylor Wiebke to make it a three-point game. Wiebke iced the victory with a pair of free throws with 5.8 seconds remaining.

Kali Ryan finished the night with nine points and seven rebounds, and Hadler and Watson had eight points apiece for Goodhue (7-2, 3-2 HVL).

K-M got 16 points apiece from Taylor Miller and Cori Kennedy. Scott came up with 10 points in the victory. 

The Wildcats play next in the three-day Rochester Rotary Tournament, starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday against Rochester Century at the Rochester Civic Center.

Joe Brown

Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.

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