INDIANAPOLIS – While the Northwestern Lady Tigers were celebrating its second consecutive IHSAA Class 3A state championship following a 61-39 win over Benton Central, two people were carefully missing the huge celebration on the court – Todd and Pam Miller. As the final seconds of the game were winding down, IHSAA and school officials quietly brought them down to the floor and hid them near the tunnel so they could be on the court when it was announced that their daughter, Lady Tigers senior Allison Miller, had been named the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award winner for Class 3A girls basketball.
The Award is named in honor of the former IHSAA assistant commissioner Patricia L. Roy, who oversaw the girls basketball state tournament from its inception in 1976 until her retirement in 1999. Last year, Northwestern’s Sarah Vas earned the Class 3A award.
Miller, a team captain and four-year letter-winner for Northwestern, helped lead the Lady Tigers to a four-year record of 92-17 while winning two conference, three sectionals, two regionals, two semi-states and a pair of state championships. She was also a member of the sectional championship girls tennis team last spring. During her career, she was named All-Hoosier Conference in tennis and golf while earning a starting position on the basketball team.
“This means a lot to me,” said Miller. “Our team has played together since the fourth or fifth grade, and we have created great memories. This award says a lot about our team and school, both athletically and academically. This is amazing, and this group of girls – it is something I will remember forever.”
Miller is ranked No. 4 in her class of 127 and plans to study landscape architecture at Purdue University. Academically, she has twice been named the Northwestern Student of the Month. Outside of athletics, Allison is an active member for her school and her community. She is a member of the Leadership Team for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the FCA Refuge. In her community she is a member of 4-H, as well as her Youth Group at Crossroads Church. Miller has volunteered at the Special Needs Prom, the Crossroads Church, the Kokomo Rescue Mission as well as helping with Fiesta Friday for Northwestern.
“I could not be happier or more proud of Allison,” said Northwestern head coach Kathie Layden. “She is a three-sport athlete and has the great success in other sports. She works hard in the classroom and is a great role model.”
The Indiana Fever and Indiana Pacers, the presenting sponsor of the IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Northwestern High School in the name of Allison Miller. Since 1989, more than $840,000 in college scholarships have been presented to deserving high school athletes in Indiana.
Story by IHSAA and Sports Journal staff