Prep of the Week: Miranda Palmby

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(ABC 6 News) — In the game of basketball, immeasurable focus is put on scoring, after all, if you score the most, you win the game.

Those who put the ball in the bucket get more love, but it’s always important to shine a light on someone that can be called the glue of the team.

Case in point, Miranda Palmby: Sophomore forward for Dover-Eyota Girls Basketball. Already, she’s likely cemented herself as her school’s greatest rebounder.

In a win against St. Charles, she grabbed 24 rebounds to go along with 30 points. She broke the school record for single-game rebounds in the following meet with Lewiston-Altura, grabbing 29 in total.

The season — like Palmby herself — is still fairly young, yet the underclassman has accomplished plenty.

“It’s really exciting and it helped a lot last year having five seniors kind of guide me.,” Palmby reflected. “It’s just been really fun so far.”

“She’s kind of a rebounding machine for us.” Eagles GBB head coach Brian Smith added. “She’s only a sophomore, it’s the one record that in 18 years of coaching I didn’t think we could break and it was 22 individual rebounds. She’s had three games where she’s been over 20 rebounds already.

“She’s 6-foot tall, we play her on kind of the weak side so she mops up a lot of weak-side rebounds. And she runs the floor like a deer, so she’s very athletic.”

The Eagles are a team built on hustling to the ball, grinding teams down on defense and showing an overall great work ethic. Palmby is a cog in that as basketball is her favorite sport. She’s been playing since she was in elementary school and she is always working.

“Just making the team better and making sure we’re all doing our best and just keep accountable for everybody including myself,” Palmby said.

“She’s a pretty quiet girl,” Coach Smith continued. “But she does anything you tell her to do and I think that’s one of the reasons why she’s gotten better. I had her up last year as a freshman, she’s a much better ball player this year and we kind of expect her to keep improving every year for us.”