You can read all about the South Park girls basketball team in today’s Trib and how the Eagles plan on replacing last year’s leading scorer, Shelby Lindsay (http://triblive.com/sports/hssports/basketball/5273345-74/mcgrath-south-park#axzz2ngM71VOs).
One part of that equation will be junior center Samantha Miller.
Miller, though, isn’t just a basketball player; she’s a competitive BMX rider and this past summer won the Stars ‘N Stripes Nationals in South Park. Miller finished first in the 15-16 girls race (http://www.usabmx.com/site/postings/1029).
I asked Eagles coach Reggie Wells whether he ever thought of limiting Miller’s riding during the season, and his answer was a gem.
“No way,” Wells said. “She’s twice as good when she comes back. If she’s not afraid to fall on that bike, she’s sure not afraid of anything out there on the court.
“I’m honored that she comes back to play basketball because she puts everything into it — just like she does with her BMX stuff.”
Miller averaged 2.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in a reserve role last season, but look for those numbers to increase after the graduation of center Breanna Raymond.
— Jason Mackey