Back Again: Miller girls advance to the state finals

It’s almost a sure thing at this point.


If it’s March, Miller girls basketball is going to be playing for a state championship.


The defending champion Mavericks are back again, in the state title game Saturday after beating Steward 61-54 in the VISAA D2 state semifinals to advance to the championship.


Miller had to shake off a slow start to get there, as the Mavericks trailed 31-22 at the break and looked to be in jeopardy of exiting the tournament. It took a little something from everyone to get there too — a complete team effort.


Presleigh Braxton led the way with 13 points, going 6-for-6 at the free throw line including 4-for-4 in the fourth quarter. Anna Smith finished with 10 points and Brooklin Ingram scored nine points. LeLe Watson, Violet Chruma and Alary Bell each had eight points.


That group effort was enough to get the Mavericks (25-7) over the top and earn a shot at another state championship game. They’ll face Virginia Academy who rolled 75-45 over Norfolk Christian in the other semifinal.