The Milford Mill Academy basketball teams are hoping to find as much success in the regional and state playoffs as they have in everything else this season.
The boys and girls teams each won the Baltimore County championships - which don’t affect on the state playoffs – this season. Milford Mill boys beat nearby Randallstown while the girls edged Western Tech.
The girls edged City College last weekend (48-45) in a first-round contest and are scheduled for a home game Monday night against Patterson.
On the boys' side, Coach Albert Holley’s team is trying to win a third consecutive state title. That’s been what they’ve been shooting for since practice began more than four months ago.
“They had their goal in mind of a third straight state championship all season,” said school Athletic Director Joe Sargent. “They’ve worked real hard all year, and I see them all the time doing everything to get better.”
The boys are a very balanced and talented team, led by players such as seniors Isaiah Miles (headed to St. Joseph’s next year) and classmate Katrell Myers.
Patterson could be the toughest opponent as the Clippers have junior guard Aquille Carr in their lineup – a 5-foot-6 junior guard who has already drawn national publicity.
The Millers would have the region final at home if they make it that far.
Milford Mill’s girls are the No. 2 seed in the Class 3A North Region, but the Millers got some bad luck before the playoffs even began. They had to do a coin flip with Aberdeen for the top seed – but lost it.
That means if they make the region final, and it’s against Aberdeen, the Millers would have to travel to Harford County to play the Eagles.
The girls haven’t gotten quite as much attention as the Milford Mill boys. Coach DeToiya McAliley, who played for the Millers in the early 90s, has a team that’s done things quietly so far.
"They want to fly under the radar," Sargent said. "They’ve got some talent on the team."
Dionna White is a freshman guard/forward who’s been solid this season. She scored 22 points in the county title game victory, and Milford Mill will need her in the playoffs.
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