Local basketball fans who haven't seen Coco Miller play since her outstanding high school career at Rochester Mayo weren't disappointed with the play of the hometown hero Friday night at Mayo Civic Center.

Miller, now a third-year player in the WNBA, was the most active and most impressive player on the court for most of the Washington Mystics' easy win over the Minnesota Lynx in a lackluster exhibition game.

Looking chiseled as a bodybuilder, Coco still exhibited her trademark quickness and intensity from one baseline to the other. Few opponents on the basketball court ever beat Coco or her twin sister, Kelly, by out-working them.

Coco is still rather quiet and reserved in conversation, like her sister, a trait that has possibly been mistaken for aloofness during their storied basketball careers. But there has never been any mistaking their sheer talent, or their indomitable will to succeed.

As professional athletes for role models go, I think kids could do a lot worse than the Miller twins.

Donny Henn


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