They were big. They were athletic. They could shoot outside or drive and score inside.
They were everything the Winters Mill boys basketball team expected.
And in the end, Oakland Mills was just better.
The Falcons were outmatched by the Scorpions 82-48 on the road in the Class 2A West Section 2 final on Wednesday, bringing a close to the season of Carroll's most successful boys team this winter.
"They made a bunch of shots, credit to them, they're a great team," Winters Mill senior guard Braedon Dorsey said. "They're just a talented team. They have a lot of great athletes, they have football players who are committed to play D-I, they have people who can shoot. Just talent."
Oakland Mills (22-2) showed all of that early. The defending 2A state champions opened the game on a 17-2 run. Larry Aaron, a 6-foot-5 center, scored nine of his 21 points in the first period, and continually gave the Falcons (17-8) trouble inside.
Winters Mill junior guard Tre Woodyard hit a 3-pointer from three-quarters court at the buzzer to end the first quarter. But the Falcons still trailed 21-8, and it didn't lead to any momentum.
The Scorpions used a 20-point second period to stretch their lead to 41-20 by halftime.
"You see the size and ability of those guys and they were shooting the ball well," WM coach Billy Mays said. "When they came out like that and we missed a few of our first few shots, it gives them some momentum."
Winters Mill senior guard Keon Claiborne, the team's leading scorer and rebounder on the season, dealt with foul trouble. He had three fouls by halftime, picked up his fourth in the third quarter, and fouled out early in the final period.
Dorsey led the Falcons with 16 points and Woodyard added 11.
Oakland Mills senior guard Daniel Kiely tallied a game-high 27 points, including scoring 12 in a row to open the fourth period. By late in the game, Kiely helped turn it into a dunk show, as he and senior guard Tre Hopkins each had one-handed jams in the final four minutes.
The Scorpions used their athleticism to capitalize on any mistakes Winters Mill made on offense, and turned many of those Falcons turnovers into easy scores on the other end.
"They're real long so when they play the 3-2 zone, it's very tough to pass," Woodyard said. "They bring it out so far and they're so long and athletic, they can jump up and get the steal."
Winters Mill lost to Oakland Mills 69-60 earlier this season on Dec. 28, but this time was nowhere near as close. The Scorpions led by double digits by the midway point in the first period and the Falcons never cut the deficit to less than 10 points the rest of the way.
Despite its season ending earlier than its players would have hoped, Winters Mill captured its first county championship since 2008, lasted longer in the playoffs than any other Carroll boys team, and notched a pair of playoff wins.
"I can't be more proud of my teammates and I'm so glad that I was a part of this for four years," Dorsey said. "It was an awesome ride."
With his first year as head coach at Winters Mill over, Mays said he was pleased with all that his team accomplished this season.
"I wouldn't want to coach anybody else, I love these kids so much," Mays said. "They did so much for me in practice and in the games and I just give them a lot of credit. And I think they know they can keep their heads high, knowing what kind of season they did have."
Winters Mill (48): Keon Claiborne 6, Braedon Dorsey 16, Tre Woodyard 11, Brad Witt 7, Spencer Eysaman 6, Victor Paylor 2.
Oakland Mills (82): Jordan Campbell 3, Tre Hopkins 8, Larry Aaron 21, Daniel Kiely 27, Naquan Williams-Day 17, Deonte McFadden 2, Ricky Rondon 4.
Halftime: OM, 41-20.