Elk City’s Baylee Miller – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Great Plains Bank

Elk City High School varsity basketball player Baylee Miller is played hoops for what seems like her entire life. Starting at a young age, Miller knew basketball was the sport for her. 

“I have had a basketball in my hand for as long as I can remember, but I first played on a youth team when I was about five years old. I started competing on an AAU team in third grade. From the first time I played, I felt a passion for this sport and just knew it was something I was meant to do. I also compete on our varsity golf team in the spring,” said Miller. 

Her passion for the game spills over into her passion for her team and teammates. Miller and the Lady Elks went 16-11 this season and finished their year ranked No. 20 in Class 4A. 

“What I love most about my team and my teammates is how close we are on and off the court; and how we push and challenge each other to be our best,” said Miller. “Personally, I felt like my season got off to somewhat of a slow start. I wasn’t making some shots I knew I could make and wasn’t playing to my full potential. I was really hard on myself, but my team and my coaches helped me build my confidence and helped me become the player I am today. I couldn’t do this without them! As of right now we are playing really well together. We’ve had some ups and downs, but we fought our way through it together. We just finished a winning season,” said Miller. 

Something just as important to Miller and wins and losses are her grades. Miller is involved in the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FCCLA, Key Club and serves as a Junior Class Officer. 

“Academics are very important to me. I take pride in my grades and I try to work as hard in school as I do in the gym. I’ve never had a B in my academic career and my goal is to graduate with straight A’s,” said Miller. 

Besides getting straight A’s, her future plans include graduating and going to college and of course more basketball. 

“My plans after graduation are to hopefully have the opportunity to play basketball at the college level; however, if God has a different plan for me my plan is to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University to pursue a degree in finance,” said Miller. 

The point guard said her parents are a big reason why she is the student-athlete she is today. 

“My parents have been a huge influence in my life. They have always loved and supported me with everything I do and have made me the person I am today. With basketball, I connect on a deeper level with my mom because she also played basketball in high school. She has taught me not only how to play the game, but the importance of always working hard and to always have fun while playing the sport I love,” said Miller. “My coaches have also had an impact in my life because they always push me to be the best I can be. They have high expectations and never let me settle for giving less than 100%. This encouragement has made me want to the best I can possibly be with everything I do.” 

Miller will carry the memories of this season into her senior year. 

“What I will remember most about this season is learning how to overcome adversity and to continue fighting for my teammates.”