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Originally published Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 9:54 PM

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Deidra Miller enjoying healthy season / 4A Girls Notebook

Woodinville junior Deidra Miller is savoring the experience of playing in the state tournament after knee injuries.

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TACOMA — For Woodinville junior Deidra Miller, just to stand on two good knees is a relatively new sensation.

To be running up and down the basketball court, moving and cutting at the Tacoma Dome, is a blessing. This is the first full season for Miller after she tore the ACL in her right knee twice, as a ninth-grader and as a sophomore.

It's almost like she's had two full years away.

"I've finally got my wind up," said Miller, who started in Woodinville's 49-39 overtime victory over No. 1 Bellarmine Prep on Thursday. "It's amazing. I never thought it was going to be here. I've been coming here ever since I was a little kid. I've always dreamed of (state), and I never though it was reachable or possible.

"I'm just glad I've got teammates to get me here. I've had great support from people to help me come back from my injury and who believed in me."

Miller, a 6-foot-1 junior who transferred this school year from Inglemoor, scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked three shots in 31 minutes.

"The injury has always been a big part of me hesitating," she said. "I try not to think about it. ... I just have to get over that part of it. You have to try to feel like you've been out there that entire time when you've been hurt."

Falcons soar

to new heights

Three Falcons will add to their list of "firsts" at Woodinville.

Last fall, Carmen Vasilatos, Ali Forde and Melissa Gilkey helped the Falcons to a fourth-place finish in volleyball — that program's first state trophy. Now, they are part of a girls basketball team which will finish no worse than fifth, another school best.

The only other Woodinville team to earn a girls basketball trophy was the 2005-06 squad, which placed seventh.

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Every little

bite counts

Kevin Meines likes the eat-to-win diet.

The Bellarmine Prep coach figures if he eats the same thing before every game, it helps the Lions' chances of winning.

"I eat the same Subway sandwich and it has to have the same condiments and it has to be made by the same woman," Meines said.

He orders the BMT — Bigger, Meatier, Tastier — at the Subway near the school, eats half before the game and the other half after — unless the Lions don't play well.

"Then I might change it up," Meines said.

He said he started the tradition back in 2001, when he was an assistant coach at Kentlake.

Note

• Federal Way is trying to make it three straight state titles for the South Puget Sound League, following Auburn Riverside (2010) and Kentwood (2009).

Staff reporter Sandy Ringer and freelancer Doug Drowley contributed to this report.

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