SPRINGFIELD, Mo–Over the last 4 years Molly Miller and her Drury Lady Panthers have been nothing short of dominant.
“You surround yourself with players that buy into a system, that are obviously talented coming out of high school and you know can fit your culture,” said Molly Miller.
“We recruit winners. If you look at the girls on the team, they’ve been to state championships, they’ve won state championships. We are coached by a staff that has been successful. They have a will to win too. When you demand that greatness and are surrounded by it, it’s pretty easy,” said Heather Harman.
The Lady Panthers have a 108 and 15 record in the last 4 years. They’ve claimed 3 of the last 4 GLVC tournaments and are currently ranked 3rd in the country heading into the Division II national tournament.
“We’ve grown our path has been like this. We’ve continued to go up hill. We’ve never really gotten stagnant,” said coach Molly Miller.
The Lady Panthers culture is to win.
“It’s kind of expected you know. I expect myself, at the beginning of the year we set those goals, we are going to win a conference tournament, we are going to go to the big dance. If were not getting there then that is an absolutely, like oh my gosh, we’ve messed up type of thing,” said Alice Heinzler.
With two local seniors, Republic’s Alice Heinzler and Walnut Grove’s Heater Harman, the Lady Panthers look to go a long way in March. And that starts this Friday against Findlay.
“Since a little girl, you’ve dreamed of winning a national championship. This is my last chance to get to do that. Ultimately walking away with 3 wins this weekend would be my ultimate fulfillment for this week. But like I said we have to take it a game at a time. I’ve been focused on not taking anything for granted because of wins or losses, it’s going to be over for me. So just kind of soaking in all the moments with my teammates on and off the floor,” said Harman.