Montabella’s Miller reaches 1,000 points

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 3:19 pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Montabella’s Sarah Miller, dark jersey, puts up a shot between Fulton’s Gabriella Seida (12) and Hannah Baker (15) during the two teams’ game Jan. 28.

MOUNT PLEASANT — Montabella’s Sarah Miller had a long wait to reach 1,000 career points.

The Mustang senior finally got the points she needed Saturday in a 54-33 loss to Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart.

Needing seven points to reach the mark, Miller scored twice that in the game. The clinching basket was was a long three-pointer early in the third period.

“It was a great feeling,” Miller said. “I wasn’t sure that I was going to get it. I was thinking maybe I wasn’t going to be so on. There was no better way to get it than that three-pointer.”

Miller described the three.

“Taylor (Smith) had the ball and that was a step-in,” she said. “I’m pretty good at that shot so I was thinking, ‘This one’s going in.’ I thought it was so cool that it was from Taylor. That’s my partner in crime helping me out with that 1,000th point.”

Miller wasn’t sure the opportunity was going to come after Montabella’s game against Farwell was canceled and the game against the Irish was postponed Thursday.

“I was getting really nervous,” she said. “I was thinking it’s down to the bare end and I didn’t know whether I was going to get it. I was thinking it was going to come down to the last district game.”

Miller said she can now concentrate on the playoffs.

“I think it was good for me to get it out of the way,” she said. “Now (today) I don’t have anything I need to reach. I just get to play basketball.”

Montabella coach Terry Larsen said the accomplishment was a long time coming.

“It was really nice,” he said. “We had cancellations and everything else seemed to get in the way of that the last couple of weeks. We got it put in and it was nice to get it. They (Sacred Heart) stopped the game to announce it. So that was nice on Sacred Heart’s part too.”

Larsen said Miller’s offense is needed.

“She always has one of the top players guarding her from the other team if they are playing her man-to-man,” he said. “She can do so much because she’s taller than most of the girls. Without her our scoring production would be way down.”

Miller became the second Mustang to reach 1,000 points. Mindy Sawyer accomplished that feat in 1995.

“I think it’s an incredible thing and I’m so happy,” she said. “It makes me see that everything I’ve worked for and everything I’ve wanted has been worth it, all the hard work.”

Montabella will open district play today against Lakeview at home.

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