Dorsey leads Winters Mill to states

Boys basketball


A basketball net around his neck, Winters Mill guard Jimmy Dorsey stood outside his team's locker room after last night's 69-63 win over visiting Middletown in the Class 2A West final with a feeling of anticipation.

"It's a dream come true," the junior said. "I never thought I'd be down at Comcast [Center]. I mean, I never even knew where states were played."

He'll soon find out.

Dorsey scored 18 points, hitting three of his team's eight three-pointers, to send the Falcons (23-2) to their first state tournament in school history. On Friday at 9, they will take on the winner of last night's East regional final between Wicomico and Easton at the University of Maryland.

The winner will land a spot in Saturday's Class 2A state title game.

Led by Dorsey and junior forward Brett Burrier (16 points), Winters Mill made six of its first eight shots, including a long three by Dorsey, to build a 16-5 lead.

"Coach said, `Put them down early and just keep them that way,' so that's what we tried to do," Dorsey said.

Frederick County's Middletown (14-9) rallied late in the half and took a 37-36 lead on a put-back by guard Paul Crone (19 points) early in the third quarter, but the Falcons answered with a 9-0 run to regain command.

The Knights made things close in the final minutes, forcing 10 turnovers in the fourth quarter and cutting the Falcons' 14-point lead to three. In the final 1:11, however, Dorsey sealed the win by making six foul shots, also adding a key steal and rebound.

No. 7 Old Mill 67, No. 13 North County 57 -- Kenny Alford had a game-high 19 points and Rodney Stokes added 12 points, seven blocks and nine rebounds for the host Patriots (24-2), as they beat the Knights in the Class 4A East regional final. Old Mill will face Walt Whitman of Montgomery County at the Comcast Center on Thursday in the state semifinals.

New Town 66, Elkton 56 -- Corin Henry scored a game-high 24 points to lead the host Titans over the Golden Elks of Cecil County in the Class 1A North final.

Staff reports contributed to this article.

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