After a basketball career limited by injuries, New Oxford High senior Lindsey Miller was actually ready to pursue a collegiate career in softball.
In fact, she admitted she was considering both McDaniel College's and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County's softball programs.
"Being hurt for two years, I didn't think I would be able to play basketball in college," Miller, who battled a long-time rib cage injury, said.
However, that has all changed.
On Thursday, Miller, now healthy, accepted a scholarship offer to continue her basketball career at Millersville University.
And all it took was one coach, former Delone Catholic High girls' head coach Mary Fleig, to say one sentence.
"Actually, our (New Oxford) coach took us to a tournament there this summer and she saw me play and she's like, 'You should really come down here for a visit,'" Miller said. "And then she started talking and we created this kind of bond, and I get along really good with the coach there. It just seemed like a really good fit."
The visit, which included an overnight stay with the squad's current players, only confirmed Miller's decision.
"As soon as I stepped on campus, I immediately fell in love with it," she said. "I stepped on it and there was something comfortable. It just seemed homey, I guess you could say."
Miller, who has scored 399 points in 52 games so far at New Oxford, admitted some surprise that a collegiate coach would show interest, in part because she stands 5-foot-5.
"I'll be, like, the shortest one on the team," she said, but first-year New Oxford head coach Mike Sanders said Fleig's interest did not surprise him.
"I coached against her (during) her freshman year, and she torched me," Sanders, who formerly coached at Dover, said of Miller's game that day. "It's fun having her on my side."
Sanders said Miller's aggressive style and shooting ability were natural draws for Fleig's notice, considering Millersville's own high-tempo offense and pressure defense, both styles which Miller himself with use with a young Lady Colonial team this winter.
In fact, Miller will be the squad's lone senior when that team and the Hanover area's other high school winter sports teams begin practices today.
"After her, our next oldest is a sophomore, so we're really young," he said. "But the kids look up to her and they all work."
Sanders said the basketball scholarship only adds to Miller's leadership role for his team, but Miller, who plans to study mathematics, said she is also contending for an academic scholarship from Millersville.
"Actually, actuary science and statistics, stuff like that," Miller said of her eventual major, and added, "She (Fleig) took me up there the first time I went to visit and had a meeting with the chairman of the math department, and he was very interested because not many females pursue a math education.
"He said I'd be a good fit because they don't get many females and I'd get a good education there."
On that day, Miller's grandparents, Ed and Jean Simpson, of Biglerville, took her to Millersville. Miller's mother, Lisa, said she and husband Scott have often split the duties with those grandparents to take Lindsey to games and practices.
All of those trips paid off on Thursday, when Miller completed a dream of the opportunity at a college basketball career and a potential role at point guard for the Marauders.
She said she can now focus upon both strong basketball and softball seasons to close her career at New Oxford.
"It's my senior year, so of course I'm excited for everything," she said. "I want to go out with a bang."
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