Benton head girls' basketball coach Andy Sloan know there are a lot of sighs of relief for other coaches -- not just in the Southern Illinois River-To-River Conference Ohio Division -- but the area as a whole, knowing that Rangerette senior Addisyn Miller will no longer be knocking down shots.
The do-it-all, 5-foot-7 guard, wrapped up her prep career in a big way recently as she was named to the Champaign News Gazette All-State Honorable Mention 100.
Sloan believes this honor from the Champaign newspaper is the first for a Rangerette player, but is also very deserving for a player like Miller.
The recognition is bookended by a handful of other honors Miller received this postseason after she was named to The Associated Press Class 2A Honorable Mention Team, as well as, being named to the Southern Illinois River-To-River Ohio All-Conference team, Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State and the Southern Illinois Coaches Association All-South Team.
"Her drive to just be better is why she is the player she is," Sloan said, "She's very coachable. We really preached defense to her early on. I already knew she could shoot, but she bought in and made gigantic strides from her freshman to senior seasons. I think it took her three years to realize she could player inside that 3-point line and a lot of that is why she was so good this year."
Miller, who will be attending Heartland College for softball, averaged 17.1 points per game this past season for Andy Sloan's 12-2 SIRR Ohio Conference championship squad. She closed out her career averaging 3.7 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.5 assists.
Miller went over the 1,000th point mark this past season and hit a school record 209 3-pointers in a career, including a single game record of eight against Massac County.
The four-year starter was also named All-South and All-Conference as a cross country runner this past fall. As a junior she was named SIRR Ohio All-Conference as well.
"I know there are a lot of coaches not worried about guarding No. 4 anymore. I also think this award from the News-Gazette and others like it have opened up some people eyes about what kind of basketball player she was and for her to be recognized on that level says a lot about the player she is and the stats she put up.
"She always put the team first," Sloan said. "She never pressed and let the game come to her and she was successful because of that."
Spyder Dann covers prep and college sports for the Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.