Milford Mill's playoff future seemed to be in jeopardy after leading scorer Norman Nolan broke his left wrist during Thursday's semifinal victory over Poolesville. It was thought that Nolan would be lost for the rest of the season.
But Nolan, wearing a soft cast on his wrist, contributed 12 points and teammates Jerome Dennis and Kevin English each scored a game-high 23 to lead top-seeded and No. 15 Milford Mill (18-6) to an 89-64 victory over visiting and third-seeded Wilde Lake in the Class 1A, Region II championship game yesterday.
The victory sends the Millers to the state semifinals at Cole Field House on Thursday. Milford Mill is making its third state semifinal appearance in five seasons and is seeking its first state title since 1988.
It was the second consecutive strong effort for Dennis, who had scored 17 points and grabbed 18 rebounds against Poolesville.
Senior guard Chianti Stansbury and junior guard Hassan Andrews scored 10 each yesterday. Stansbury is the only player remaining from Milford Mill's 1989 state finalist team.
The Millers took a 24-13 lead after the first quarter and held a 44-36 advantage at halftime. The Wildecats did not get closer than four points in the second half. George Bradford led Wilde Lake with 18 points.
Nolan, a 6-foot-7 center who averages 22 points and 16 rebounds, played almost the entire first half, but foul trouble limited his time in the second half. He had broken his wrist after falling on it while trying for an offensive rebound against