As the new coach of the St. Mary’s girls basketball team, he watched as his new team knocked off his old team, Severn, 67-48 on Monday.
Elizabeth Gilman scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds and led a balanced scoring attack for St. Mary’s, which reassumed control of the game in the fourth quarter after the Admirals had cut a large deficit to 13 points after three quarters.
“I’ve had this one checked on my sheet for a long time,” said Miller, who coached at Severn for 16 years before stepping away following the 2015-16 season. “I told the kids before the game that I don’t ask them for much, but I asked them to get this game for me.”
Miller’s new team came out hot early and built a 21-point lead at halftime. Gilman was the catalyst to the fast start with 11 of her points in the first half. St. Mary’s (11-4) had a 19-7 lead late in the first quarter, then went on a 15-0 run over a five-minute span and extended the lead to 34-7.
I thought the kids came out on fire,” Miller said. “We really played hard in that first half.”
Severn’s Jorryn Avery scored 12 of her game-high 22 points in the third quarter and the Admirals got back in the game with a 20-point quarter after scoring just 14 points in the first half. She scored her team’s first 10 points in the quarter and closed the frame by scoring in the final seconds to cut what was a 24-point deficit midway through the third to just 13 heading to the fourth.
“We’re a little experienced, so I tried to get our confidence back up,” Avery said. “They just pushed a little harder at the end.”
The Saints quickly regained control with a 10-1 run to start the fourth that pushed the lead to 22. Whitney Albert, who finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, scored four of her points during the run.
Mackenzie Kaderabek added 10 points and three steals, Claire Richardson had nine points and six steals, Karry Kelliher added eight points and two steals and Maggie Aumiller had six points and four steals for the Saints, who had 23 steals.
“It’s a thrill for me. Even as an old man I still get excited over things like this,” Miller said. “This is what I missed for a year.”
Avery led the Admirals with the 22 points and Morgan Skinner added 16. Avery, who stopped to see her former coach on the way out of the gym on Monday, went over the 1,000-point mark for her career on Saturday against Severna Park.
“It’s been a good four years at Severn,” Avery said. “That was a good accomplishment and it felt good.”
Severn (5-12) 7 7 20 14 — 48
St. Mary’s (11-4) 21 14 12 20 — 67