Posted On: 11/23/19 9:18 PM

A rising senior point guard, Derby standout Heather Mills is gearing up for a strong senior season after helping the Panthers reach the Kansas 6A state tournament a year ago.

At 5’5, Mills is capable of knocking down open 3-pointers, can handle the ball and takes pride in her defense and motor.

“ I strive to be the motor, or energy source, for my teammates and myself,” she said.

A year ago, Derby went 23-1 overall and captured third-place as the Panthers rallied from a semifinal loss to Washburn Rural to knock off Olathe Northwest in the season finale. 

“Last year— last year was my favorite season of basketball,” Mills said. “Although we didn’t win state, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. The chemistry we created and the close friendships are what set last year apart from any other season.”

Mills said she worked with her team this offseason as she focused on working out with the Panthers instead of playing club basketball. The team competed at Pittsburg State and several league games. Mills says the expectations are high this season at Derby despite the loss

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