In late November the Miller Family of Troy had their world turned upside down as they lost their 15 year old daughter, Maggie, when she entered the hospital to seek treatment for the severe seizures she was experiencing and didn’t return home. Maggie was a profound athlete that found her love on the turf and hardwood. She excelled on the soccer field, specializing in exceptionally hard kicks and used her height to get noticed on the basketball court. At her age she was just beginning to make her footprint in sports and had everything to shoot for.
The timing of this tragic event found Maggie’s teammates and friends beginning the high school basketball season. During the season several teams have reached out to Maggie’s family to honor her memory at games. Many coaches and players from the two county area knew Maggie through basketball and soccer. They were testaments to not only the athlete she was, but the outstanding young lady she was.
Most recently, the Elsberry Lady Indians presented the Miller’s family with the shooting shirt that the team has worn all season to honor Maggie. Wearing her number 44 on the back and the saying “playing for those who can’t”.
According to EHS Assistant Coach, Brittney Koch-Dowell, the team dedicated their season to not only Maggie, but all the athletes who had to miss for COVID-19.
Megan Miller, Maggie’s mom said, “Maggie attended a camp that Coaches Kari Koch-Dowell and Brittney Koch-Dowell hosted a couple years back and she loved the positive reinforcement and encouragement that both gave about her basketball play.”
Also honoring Maggie during the high school basketball season was her team at Troy Buchanan High School where her jersey was draped over a chair at games. Conference rivals from St. Charles County: Timberland High School, Fort Zumwalt North and Francis Howell Central each had heart warming tributes to honor Maggie at games.