Allen Costley can often be found in Milford Mill's gym at 6 a.m., working on his shooting before classes begin. He did that once again Monday, and the extra practice paid off later in the day.
Costley finished with a game-high 30 points, 18 of which came in the second half as No. 4 Milford Mill pulled away in the final two quarters en route to an 80-61 victory over visiting Dulaney in a Baltimore County Class 4A-3A game.
Dulaney (16-2, 6-2) couldn't find a way to stop the 6-foot-4 junior forward, who scored from all over the court in a variety of ways. Costley made 3-pointers, driving layups, jumpers and a few electrifying dunks to help Milford Mill (17-2, 8-0) stay unbeaten in the county.
"I knew this was going to be a big game, and I had to come through for my teammates," Costley said. "We had a lot of energy and that helped."
Milford Mill coach Mike Silverman said that Costley's got a "non-stop motor" which keeps the junior going. It's a big reason he pulled down 11 rebounds to finish with a double-double.
Costley caused all kinds of trouble for Dulaney inside and outside, and the Lions just couldn't control him.
"We're very deep, but Allen does an outstanding job," Silverman said. "He's very disruptive, and he's an all-around basketball player. When he's on, he's tough to stop."
Costley's best stretch came in the third quarter when the Millers began to break the game open. Milford Mill had a 32-24 halftime lead, and even though Costley drilled a 3-pointer early in the period, the Millers remained up by just 10 three minutes into the period.
That's when he took over. Costley made a layup followed by a jumper and jam for six straight points. He then grabbed the rebound off a Lions miss, and his quick outlet pass started a fast break that ended with a Davonte Williams (12 points) layup for a 50-34 lead with 2:30 left in the period.
Dulaney tried to rally again and cut the lead to 10 early in the final quarter, but Costley added nine more points in that period to help Milford Mill seal the victory.
Bruce Watkins (17 points) and Justin Jenifer (11 points) also gave the offense some spark. Jenifer made a number of great passes to set up his teammates for good shots.
Milford Mill's quickness and speed on defense repeatedly disrupted a Dulaney offense that's got some good shooters and can score. The Millers repeatedly tried for steals and pressed the Lions to force 14 turnovers — seven of which came in the first quarter when they grabbed a lead they never lost.
Zach Hall and Jordan Williams led the Lions with 12 points apiece. Dulaney now needs to rebound from a second straight loss following a 16-game winning streak to start the season.
"The bottom line is we didn't come out there to play today," Dulaney coach Matt Lochte. "We're better than we're showed tonight. We'll get back at it tomorrow."
Milford Mill 80, Dulaney 61
D- Scanlan 9, Hill 12, Williams 12, Harrelson 10, Lawson 3, Picka 4, Bernandez 9, German 2. Totals: 25 8-14 61.
M- Lee 3, Jenifer 11, Williams 12, Alston 2, Watkins 17, Cooper 5, Costley 30. Totals: 32 11-18 80. Half: M, 32-24