Prep girls' basketball: Porter sparks Bonneville past Roy
Roy • Bonneville guard Cortney Porter decided that she'd seen enough early in the third quarter, with Roy on a 12-0 run dating back to the first half.
The junior stepped to the wing and drilled a 3-pointer. Then she spun into the lane, got fouled and completed a three-point play. The next trip down the court, she popped another 3, this time from the opposite wing. Just like that bang, bang, bang the lead was back up to 13.
"We just had some dumb turnovers, so I just thought we needed to get our lead back up," Porter said. "I just shot when I was open, and I've never had that many points."
Porter finished with 26 points and six 3s to lead the Bonneville girls' basketball team to a 59-41 win over Roy on Tuesday evening. The Lakers stayed undefeated and checked off another Region 5 rival.
The Royals, for a while at least, made it difficult. After falling behind early, the Royals finished the second quarter on a 7-0 run and scored the first five points of the third to cut their deficit to four points.
But after Porter sparked the Lakers with her personal 9-0 run, the Bonneville lead never again dipped into single digits.
Despite Porter's hot shooting, all Bonneville coach Mike Russell wanted to talk about after the game was Porter's defense.
Porter held Roy's leading scorer, Kaitlyn Hurley, to seven points and one field goal. All game, Porter stuck tight to Hurley, who came in averaging more than 20 points, and made it difficult for the Roy guard to get off a clean look.
"I think the thing we're most proud of is [Porter's] defense on Hurley," Russell said. "That right there, I think, is the difference in the game."
Emilie Volk chipped in 15 points for the Lakers, and Whitney Hatch topped the Royals with 12.
The win kept the undefeated Lakers firmly in control of Region 5. Though they've won each of their first four region games by double digits, the Lakers insist they've yet to play their best basketball.
"We're not satisfied at all," Porter said. "We can get a lot better, and we have a lot to work on, still."