Student-Athlete Spotlight

Her shooting is really far out

Natalia Miller-Forrest works hard to build three-point proficiency

Posted 1/29/19

It was not long ago that Natalia Miller-Forrest struggled to dribble and shoot a basketball. Now the 5-foot-6 senior is one of the top players on the SkyView Academy girls basketball team that won 10 …

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Student-Athlete Spotlight

Her shooting is really far out

Natalia Miller-Forrest works hard to build three-point proficiency

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It was not long ago that Natalia Miller-Forrest struggled to dribble and shoot a basketball.

Now the 5-foot-6 senior is one of the top players on the SkyView Academy girls basketball team that won 10 of its first 12 games this season. She is one of the leading three-point shooters in the 3A Metro League.

She just started playing competitive basketball and joined coach Mickey Devries' program at SVA as a sophomore. She became a regular last season and averaged 11 points a game.

Her hard work under the tutelage of Devries has paid off.

“I have just worked hard,” said Miller-Forrest. “I played recreational basketball and not competitive until I got to high school. I used to have trouble just dribbling the ball and shooting. I worked just about every day, even during the summer and over break. We would for about two hours.”

Key stats:

Miller-Forrest was averaging 15.4 points after nine games and collected three rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. She was the second-leading scorer in the 3A Metro League and her 24 three-pointers ranked third in the league.

Coach's take:

“She is a great kid and a really hard worker. She is always first in the gym and she has a good jump shot.”

Mickey Devries, SkyView Academy girls basketball coach

Q&A with Natalia Miller-Forrest

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Steve Nash. He is more of a team player and likes to encourage his teammates more than be the actual team star. He is really good at passing, and that is one of my weaknesses.

What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?

I would say just my team.

What is your favorite class in school and why?

Lunch, would that be OK to say? I had chicken, rice and green beans today.

What are your plans after high school?

I want to go to college but I don't know where yet. And I don't know about basketball.

What is the secret to being a good three-point shooter?

Every time you shoot, you just have to know that you are going to make it. If you don't think you are going to make it, then it definitely is not going to go in. You have to have the same form.

Do you or the team have any traditions or habits?

As a team, we always play three songs before we play or on the bus for away games. One is the Avett Brothers. We belt it out and it kind of pumps us up. Another one by Froggy Fresh called “Dunked On” and then from “High School Musical” we all belt out “Bet On It” by Troy Bolton.

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