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NEW MARKET — Isabelle Miller of Southmont will continue her college and basketball career at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA, while majoring in elementary education. Miller made it official on Wednesday afternoon in the presence of many friends, family and coaches.
Miller, who is a dual-sport athlete at Southmont playing soccer and basketball, spoke about the decision to pursue her basketball career.
“I just have a deep love for basketball,” Miller said. “I’ve been playing it for as long as I can remember and I’ve put a lot of time and dedication into it. It was a pretty easy choice for me.
Briar Cliff women’s basketball plays at the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) level and competes in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC).
“I loved their campus when I was there and their coaches are amazing,” added Miller. “The team was super nice and inviting too.”
Southmont’s second-year women’s basketball coach Dan Burkman saw the signing as a big moment for the program and said he sees Miller stepping into the next level.
“She’s a very versatile player and she can do a lot of things very well,” he said. “She’s always been a leader for us on the pitch and is showing signs of maturing, which tells me she’s ready to move on.”
While most seniors wait until the middle or even the end of their season to make their official college decision, Miller saw the opportunity to do so before the start of her season so she could focus solely on her next year. senior.
“I know now that I can just look forward to enjoying my senior season,” she said. “I don’t have to worry about other distractions. Getting rid of it now was good for me so I could focus on high school. When the time comes, I can focus on college and start this new chapter.
Miller will rely heavily on the RCMP this season after losing five seniors a season ago.
“I’m going to ask him to do a lot of different things for us,” Burkman said. “I hope some of our younger girls take note of this so that they can hopefully be in Belle’s shoes one day and realize what she has achieved and use that as inspiration. “