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Originally published February 18, 2011 at 11:03 PM | Page modified February 18, 2011 at 11:24 PM

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Woodinville girls win KingCo 4A title | Girls Basketball

Deidre Miller scored 16 of her 21 points in the second half, leading the eighth-ranked Falcons to a 55-47 victory over Skyline.

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KIRKLAND — For Deidre Miller, the moment didn't seem real.

When the final buzzer sounded, the Woodinville junior was overcome with what she called an "eerie" feeling. In the biggest game of her high-school career, with her team in need of someone to hit big shots against Skyline's zone defense, Miller stepped up.

She scored 16 of her game-high 21 points in the second half, leading the eighth-ranked Falcons to a 55-47 victory over Skyline in the KingCo 4A title game Friday at Juanita High School.

For many athletes, a big performance when their team needed it most would only create excitement. But Miller lost two seasons after tearing her right ACL twice, so the moment took longer to settle in.

"When the final buzzer went off, I didn't believe it at first," said Miller, who buried five three-pointers. "It's eerie and I can't believe I'm here, finally. I've waited for this. I just want to keep going."

The Falcons (19-5) open the state playoffs next Friday at Inglemoor High School. The Spartans (16-8) play Friday at Rogers in Puyallup.

When the game started, Miller was nervous. Her shot was off. Skyline's Lindsey Nicholson, however, was hitting everything. She scored eight points in the game's first four minutes and finished with 13, all in the first half.

Woodinville coach Scott Bullock told Miller to keep shooting, but encouraged her to take her time and set her feet. She listened and carried the Falcons in the second half.

"She struggled early, but good shooters just don't stop shooting," Bullock said. "That was huge. She just kept her confidence and, before you knew it, she was dropping threes and she brought us back."

Ali Forde finished with eight points, 17 rebounds, six steals and four assists for Woodinville, which has won 11 straight.

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