Miller’s Richardson surpasses 1,000 career points in win over Walnut Grove Lady Tigers

Skylan Akins

The Lady Cardinals surround Payten Richardson holding fan made signs that were passed out to the Miller fan section Thursday night. Pictured left to right, in the front row, are Kaylee Thom, Richardson, Alexis Bailey; back row, Kendall Neely, Alyssa Hill, Hailey Mart, Claudia Hadlock, Kaylee Helton and Haylie Schnake. (Photo submitted)

Miller's Payten Richardson sometimes feels like she’s the forgotten one on this loaded Lady Cardinals team. Claudia Hadlock and Kaylee Helton gets all the praise, but none may be more important than Richardson. The true point guard has been fantastic running the offense for Miller, helping position her teammates on the court. Now she takes her place among some of Miller’s greats, surpassing the elusive 1,000-point mark.
“I try not to think of myself. The goal is to win state and I didn’t even know I was that close. It wasn’t a goal but not to take it for granted. Most players don’t get the opportunity to do that, so I was excited I got it but I’m more excited for my team to go to state,” Richardson said.
Head coach Sean Price describes Richardson as an all-around asset.
“It's awesome that she got there! I know it's something that means a lot to her but winning is the most important thing to her and she would tell you that. Without her, we wouldn’t be nearly as successful. She would rather get her 1,000th point some other time if it meant we lost. She is a great player, great teammate and a great person to coach,” Miller coach Sean Price said.
The competitive spirit of Richardson drives the Miller machine and if she can continue scoring at the clip that she has been, she brings a whole new dimension to the Lady Cardinal attack that could be key moving into the post season.


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