No. 15 Milford Mill scored what may turn out to be a costly victory last night.
The top-seeded Millers defeated visiting and fourth-seeded Poolesville, 75-66, in a Class 1A, Region II semifinal. Milford Mill, 00 however, may have lost leading scorer Norm Nolan, who injured his left wrist in the third quarter.
Milford Mill (17-6) will be host in the regional final against Wilde Lake tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Nolan, a 6-foot-7 center who scored all 19 of his team-high points in the first half, hurt the wrist while trying for an offensive rebound. He apparently fell and jammed it on the floor. It swelled immediately, and coach Homer Seidel took him out for good with 2:26 left in the third quarter.
Nolan's wrist was X-rayed last night.
Nolan was injured last year in the regional final against Brunswick, spraining his ankle in the first minute and missing the game.
"We're snake-bit," said Seidel about Nolan, who averages 22 points and 16 rebounds. "We'll have to suck it up and see. We have no choice."
Jerome Dennis picked up the slack for Nolan. Dennis finished with 17 points and 18 rebounds.
"When he got hurt, I thought I had to turn it up a notch," said Dennis. "I was just out there playing my hardest, trying to get every rebound."
Still, Milford Mill never could deliver the knockout punch. The Millers led by as many as 14, but Poolesville (11-11) kept coming back.
Poolesville, which was slapped with three technicals, relied on the outside shooting of Ronnie Randolph, who finished with a game-high 27 points.
In other games, Malcolm Young scored 33, leading visiting Bohemia Manor over Harford Tech, 71-67, in a Class 1A, Region II semifinal game. Akiel Johns, the area's leading scorer, scored a game-high 35 for Harford Tech (13-7), and Tykel Johns had 16.
Host Edgewood (14-9) held North Caroline (12-10) scoreless in overtime for a 59-52 victory, to advance to the Class 2A, Region IV final at Stephen Decatur Saturday. Lawrence Worthington led Edgewood with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Kenton Worthington added 15.
Visiting DuVal (11-10) converted on 26 of 39 free throws to knock off Centennial (14-9), 77-66, in a Class 3A, Region III semifinal game. Damian Biggs scored 24 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for Centennial with 24 points, which attempted only 10 free throws.