Miller Lady Cardinals split big week following injury to starter

Skylan Akins

Payton Richardson fires a three in the second half against El Dorado Springs. Richardson has been a key cog in the Miller machine and Baptist Bible College has taken notice as they have offered her a basketball scholarship.

Logan Nield gets a bucket to fall in a defensive struggle against El Dorado Springs. Nield has stepped up in a big way for the Cardinals in Kaleb Groesbeck’s absence early on. (Photos by Skylan Akins)

Miller had another busy week last week as they took on another pair of solid teams in Sarcoxie and one of the best teams in Class 3, El Dorado Springs. They were without senior leader Kaylee Helton who hurt her ankle earlier in the week.
The Lady Cardinals rolled over Sarcoxie, Monday 57-18 in a game where Claudia Hadlock shined. They followed that up with a showdown of two of the premiere small school teams in southwest Missouri, as they took on the second-ranked team in Class 3 El Dorado Springs.
Miller held on against a great Lady Bulldogs team, tied at 13 after one. Alyssa Hill stepped up in a big way in Helton’s absence on both ends of the court. Miller struggled with the size of the Lady Bulldog stars in Reese Schaaf and Macie Mays and the Lady Cardinals trailed 24-20 at the half. Despite 13 points from Alyssa Hill, The Lady Cardinals couldn’t over come Helton’s absence and the Lady Bulldogs got the win.
The loss moves the Lady Cardinals to 11-3 for the season. This week they will play in the Stockton tournament where they will have a chance for revenge, as the ELDO Lady Bulldogs have the No. 2 seed.
The Miller boys dropped both of their matchups, but played better as they nearly knocked off a good El Dorado Springs squad in what can only be described as a defensive struggle, falling 34-33. The boys team fell to 2-8 on the season. They will have a single road trip to Wheaton, Tuesday.


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