Miller is one of two seniors on the team (along with guard Bethany Hill), and having gone through the struggles of the past few seasons she's really enjoying the Wildcats' current run.
"It's really set in some confidence for us, we've came really far," Miller said. "We're a growing group and the girls next year have growing to do, but we've worked really hard these four years. Props to the coach - he's stuck around and he's been there for us."
Junior point guard Savannah Shamblin has been a huge part in Nitro's resurgence this season, averaging 22 points coming into Tuesday's game. She scored just 10 but settled into running the offense, piling up nine assists and four steals along the way.
Bethany Linville, who had scored just 28 points all season, came off the bench and provided a spark, going for a team-high 14 with four 3-pointers, while Hannah Linville added 11 points.
Riverside hung around for a while, riding hot-handed Kara Knapp, who went for a team-high 15 points (including three 3-pointers), but coach Scott Garretson said the long layoff really hurt his team in terms of conditioning.
"There's no way we can be in game shape," Garretson said. "We've not played since Dec. 19. Our shots had to be short; they were tired and had tired legs. I think our game was definitely affected and the second half was just not good.
"[Nitro] beat us to loose balls, they tried harder on the glass for rebounds, and that's an effort thing. I'm going to chalk it up to fatigue - I don't want to think that we weren't trying, I just think we probably were tired. It's not their fault we're not in shape."
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