Dorsey: It's premature to talk postseason Westminster senior still has high hopes

December 29, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The temptation is almost too much for Todd Dorsey t withstand.

He wants to brag just a little about the most experienced and talented Westminster High basketball team in recent years.

But every time he starts to make any predictions of success this season, it's almost as if the senior forward pulls the words right back into his mouth.

Dorsey has lived through two disappointing seasons in which the Owls barely missed making the state 4A regional playoffs. He doesn't want to jinx the team in his final shot at the state tournament.

"This is the first year since I've been on the team, we're supposed to be good," said Dorsey, who made the varsity as a sophomore. "We have a lot of height and experience up front. We'd like to think we can make the state regionals. But so far we're not playing as well as we can. We're not using our height to our advantage, we're not playing well on the road and our half-court offense is not what it should be."

Westminster (2-3) has lost all three of its games on the road, and has home victories over Howard and Glenelg.

"It seems like we don't get up for the road games like we do at home," said the senior standout who is known for his excellent passing game.

The Owls are nearing the end of an 11-day layoff that has included a lot of practice sessions, including one on Christmas Eve.

Westminster returns to action tonight in the opening round of its holiday tournament, meeting Francis Scott Key at 8. If Dorsey and the Owls get past Key as expected, they will meet the Aberdeen-Linganore winner in the tournament championship game tomorrow night.

Dorsey, 6 feet 3, will take a 13-point scoring average and 7.5 rebounds a game into the Key game. He has been tough on the offensive boards for the Owls, scoring often on stick-backs.

If Dorsey isn't getting points off rebounds, he is usually scoring on fast breaks or showing his superb passing skills.

Dorsey has a knack for seeing the entire court and getting the ball to the open man.

"I almost always take high-percentage shots," he said. "I was a scorer as a freshman on the JV team, but my role changed on the varsity as a sophomore. I was a passer that season because we had Herman Costley, who averaged around 30 points and was second in the state in scoring. I hardly ever took a shot."

Dorsey has carried that passing ability through his varsity career and it is an asset for the up-tempo Owls in their transition game.

He credits Westminster coach Dave Byers with honing his skills.

"Hardly anybody in my family played basketball," said Dorsey. "My father [Gary] ran track for South Carroll. He finished second in the state in the 220 and third in the 100-meter --. But I chose basketball instead of track."

Dorsey said that Byers "knows the game and teaches it better than any coach I've ever been around. He's dedicated."

But the Owls have the misfortune of being in one of the toughest basketball regions in the state. They are paired in Class 4A, Region I with nine Montgomery county schools and Frederick High.

Those outstanding Montgomery county schools are Springbrook, Churchill, Blair, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Paint Branch, Wootton, Richard Montgomery and Quince Orchard.

If Westminster makes it to the regionals, it will be just as tough to advance to Cole Field House.

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