The Minneapolis Washburn Millers are back in the state tournament for the first time since 1984 and one of the keys to the team's success run is 6'3" center Chase Coley.
Chase, the daughter of Miller head coach Tylor Coley were interviewed prior to the start of the Class AA semifinal game against the NR-H-E-G Panthers.
Chase looked back at the quarterfinal game against Sauk Centre when she blocked a game high 11 shots.
"I just went out there and anticipated shots," she said.
Tylor, orginally from Elkhart, IN, where one of his teammates later went on to the NBA, Shawn Kemp, assessed Chase's basketball development.
"It's grown on her. This is something she actually enjoys doing."
This season, Chase set the single game state record for blocked shots in a game with 21. She also passed the 1000 career rebound mark.
Chase, who started out s a point guard in 8th grade before she grew to 6'3" As for contined success with Washburn as she heads into her senior year next season. She hopes to improve her skills and tighten her game.
"I'm really going to miss the girls work hard." She also plans to play AAU ball this summer with the North-Tartan team.
As for the possibility of college basketball, Tylor would like to see her in a Gopher uniform. But first, it's the rest of her career at Washburn and two more games in the 2013 State High School Girls Basketball Tournament.