Williamsburg, Carroll to meet in final again
Dowey hits milestone for Pirates
WILLIAMSBURG — Josiah Dowey drilled a 3-pointer with 5:09 left in Williamsburg’s 87-49 win over Harmony Friday in the District 6 Class 1A semifinals to become the first 1,000-point scorer in the boys program since 2001.
Now the Blue Pirates are hoping to do something else they haven’t done since that year — win a District 6 title.
“For this program, there are very high expectations,” Williamsburg coach Brock Anders said. “This will be our third trip (to the district finals) in my five years here. We’re grateful to be out here for this school district and the alumni. It feels great. I know our kids are excited. We have to go have a couple good days of preparation, but for our kids and this program to get back to the championship is a tribute to how hard we’ve worked over the past year.”
Williamsburg will play Bishop Carroll Catholic, which defeated Saint Joseph’s, 45-38, on Friday in the other semifinal, in the championship game Tuesday. The game will be a rematch on paper of the game the Huskies won by a lopsided score a year ago, but unlike Williamsburg, which returns most of its team from that game, Bishop Carroll has almost an entirely different squad.
For the seniors on the Blue Pirates like Dowey, who finished with 15 points, winning this time would mean even more than the accolades achieved on Friday.
“It felt great to score my 1,000th point here in this gym in front of my parents,” Dowey said. “My dad finally got to come to a game, and it was great to do it in front of him. It’s great to be going back to the district championship. It’s time to get that win that we deserve.”
Anders said he’s noticed Dowey pressing a little bit recently to try and reach the mark and said he was happy to see him get it at home.
“Josiah struggled a little bit this past month with the pressure of trying to get to this goal,” Anders said. “I couldn’t be prouder of him. I’m proud of our guys for being unselfish and helping him do something that hasn’t been done in the Williamsburg boys program since 2001. It’s a tribute to Josiah making plays since he was a freshman.”
Harmony hung with Williamsburg early in the first quarter and held a 7-4 lead before the Blue Pirates were able to settle into their full-court press and finish the quarter on a 20-4 run.
“The first few minutes, we didn’t let them get set up in their press,” Harmony coach Dylan Kurtz said. “We got a rebound, and we pushed it. After they started to make a couple shots, they were able to get set up, and we freaked out a little bit and threw the ball all over the place. Williamsburg is a great team. Hat’s off to them.”
At one point early in the third quarter, the Blue Pirates scored 11 points in less than 30 seconds.
Senior Drew Hileman led all scorers with 26 points for Williamsburg, and teammate Lambert Palmer scored 25 points and had 17 rebounds.
The Owls got 15 points from Curtis Boring, but it was the Blue Pirates leaving quite the impression on Harmony’s coach.
“I have never seen a team hustle like that all across the court for all four quarters,” Kurtz said. “And it was all of them, not just one kid. They are very well coached. It’s fun basketball to watch.”
HARMONY (49): C. Fry 1 0-0 2, Boring 6 2-4 15, Bracken 3 2-2 9, Maseto 4 0-1 8, Elias 3 2-2 8, Z. Fry 2 0-0 5, Rowles 0 0-0 0, Tarnow 1 0-0 2, Eli 0 0-0 0. Totals — 20 6-9 49.
WILLIAMSBURG (87): Palmer 12 0-1 25, Dowey 4 6-6 15, Hileman 11 0-0 26, McCall 3 0-0 6, Weimert 2 1-2 5, Clark 1 0-1 2, Frew 1 2-2 4, Gorsuch 0 1-2 1, Kagarise 1 0-0 3, James 0 0-0 0, Lynch 0 0-0 0. Totals — 35 10-14 87.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Harmony 11 11 15 12 — 49
Williamsburg 24 23 25 15 — 87
3-point goals: Harmony 3 (Bracken, Boring, Z. Fry); Williamsburg 7 (Hileman 4, Palmer, Dowey, Kagarise).
Records: Harmony (6-9); Williamsburg (14-1)
Officials: Skip Dry, Keith Redfoot, Kevin Laird