Miller of SHS signs with Hinds
Starkville's Morgan Miller, seated middle, signed a soccer scholarship with Hinds Community College on Wednesday afternoon. Witnessing the signing were Miller's parents Orin, seated left, and Cindy, seated right, SHS assistant principal and Miller's former coach Sean McDonnall, back from left, Hinds Community College women's soccer coach Marcille McLendon, SHS girls soccer coach Anna Allbritton and SHS athletic director Stan Miller. (Submitted photo)
Morgan Miller wasn't sure what her future in soccer would hold after breaking an ankle during competition on a Sunday afternoon in the Crossroads Tournament.
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After missing most of her senior season because of the injury, the Starkville High School midfielder has been given the chance to continue the sport she loves at another level.
Miller signed a scholarship with Hinds Community College on Wednesday afternoon at the school's conference room.
When the injury happened, Miller was scared it might jeopardize what she might be able to do on the soccer field.
Doctors told Miller that after making a full recovery, she should have no problem resuming her soccer career.
Miller is glad to be able to do that at Hinds.
"This is a good opportunity for me to go further in soccer," Miller said. "It's a nice school, a good team and I like the coach."
Hinds Community College coach Marcille McLendon had no problem taking a chance on signing Miller after learning more about her, then seeing her work out at a tryout in February.
"I got in touch with (SHS girls coach Anna Albritton) and she said what a good player Morgan was," McLendon said. "She did let me know about the injury, but what I really saw was Morgan came out to tryouts. She did a fantastic job every time she shot and was dead on. I wasn't even using a large goal, but a small goal. She had solid hits and was very accurate. (Albritton) told me about her work ethic and what a good player she was so we're really excited to have her."
McLendon anticipates keeping Miller in the midfield a Hinds.
Albritton should be a good source to find out about Miller.
After working with Miller since she was 10-years-old in various leagues, Albritton came to realize how valuable she was to her program.
"It was unfortunate in her senior year that she came up with the injury that she had, but she was out there in practice and was like our third coach," Albritton said. "We asked her to come out, be a contributing factor and she did. She coached and told us what she saw. We listened to her and her knowledge of the game is so good. (Hinds is) very lucky to be getting her."
Miller rejoined the Lady Yellowjackets after Christmas and provided what she could on the playing field.
Albritton handled Miller with caution because of the possibility to play at the next level.
"We were careful because she had a major injury," Albritton said. "We were hoping something like (signing with Hinds) was going to happen."
Miller appreciates what Albritton and previous coach Sean McDonnall have done for her while playing high school soccer. She has played with SHS since the 7th grade.
"I've enjoyed playing with the girls, growing with the team and putting a lot of time into it," Miller said. "I've learned a lot from coach Anna, coach McDonnall and the rest of the players. I've gotten the playing time to develop."
Miller admitted her ankle still isn't 100 percent, but hopes to be close to it when she reports to Hinds in August.
"It's getting better every day," Miller said. "I'm definitely getting back to where I was before I broke my ankle."