A smile engulfed Jovon Miller’s face as he stepped to the free throw line in the closing minutes of Friday’s boys’ basketball game against Potomac Falls, but on the inside, the Loudoun Valley senior forward probably wanted to scream.
Surely, Miller thought, the countless hours he spent working on his shot would yield better than Friday’s 4-for-10 showing at the line.
Despite the missed free throws, Miller made Potomac Falls pay with his hustle on both ends of the floor. He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Vikings’ 62-46 win in Purcellville.
“Jovon’s worked hard on his shot; it just hasn’t shown yet. But the potential is there,” Vikings Coach Chad Dawson said. “He just kept telling me, ‘Coach, it’s going to be okay. It’s going to be okay.’ ”
Similar words of reassurance likely came from Vikings players and coaches at the game’s outset, as Potomac Falls scored the first seven points.