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Honesdale grads lead DeSales

Morgan Birmelin

Morgan Birmelin’s teams ruled District 2 during her high school playing days.

Birmelin continues to thrive when returning to District 2 territory.

The Honesdale and JB Hoops graduate posted the first double-double of her college career during a game at King’s College in her freshman season, then put up her career scoring high in a playoff game at Misericordia University in her recently completed sophomore season.

Birmelin and Katie Miller are both at DeSales University after being teammates at both JB Hoops and Honesdale High School where they won three straight District 2 Class 3A championships.

The two 5-foot-7 sophomore guards have continued winning games together into college.

DeSales University won 20 times this season and reached the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Tournament where Birmelin and Miller both played well during a 74-72 loss to Husson University in a first-round game in Medford, Mass.

Birmelin started and hit 5 of 7 shots while finishing with 13 points and 6 assists.

Miller was the first and most frequently used sub, playing 27 minutes and scoring 9 points.

Katie Miller

Birmelin has played all 55 games and started all but 4 in her time at DeSales where, as a freshman, she was the only DeSales player to start every game of the 2015-16 season.

Miller has played in 54 games, starting in 25 of them.

They have been a big part of the team’s defense with Birmelin leading DeSales in steals and Miller ranking third each of the past two seasons.

Birmelin had 15 points and 10 assists in the game at King’s in her first year. She scored 25 and made 9 steals in an 84-81, double-overtime win at Misericordia in the Middle Atlantic Conference playoffs.

On the season, Birmelin averaged 8.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.5 steals. She shot 39.1 percent from the floor, 34.5 percent from 3-point range and 65.6 percent from the foul line.

Miller contributed 3.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 steals while struggling with her shot at times.

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