By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
RICHFIELD–The two Porters of Parowan – junior Porter Wood and senior Porter Miller – were on full display in the quarterfinal round of the 2A state basketball playoffs Feb. 22 at Richfield’s Sevier Valley Center.
The duo combined for 37 points as the Rams took control from the start and beat North Sevier 51-40 to advance to the championship semifinals. Parowan (12-12) attacked the basket and drew fouls frequently in the first half as they built a 31-16 halftime lead.
The Rams stretched the advantage to 19 points early in the third quarter, but North Summit showed signs of life with a 10-0 run that brought the lead back within single digits at 35-26.
With Wood scoring 22 points – including a trio of 3-pointers – and Miller adding 15, Parowan was able to withstand the charge. The Rams led 39-28 after three quarters and the Braves never cut the deficit to less than seven points the rest of the way.
Parker Brown led North Summit (10-12) with 16 points in the loss and Martin Winters added 10.
The Rams saw their dreams of reaching the 2A final dashed as the Duchesne Eagles started fast and didn’t let up on the way to a 48-35 semifinal win Feb. 23. The No. 2 seed from Region 16 led 11-3 after a quarter and 21-12 at the half.
Playing in its first year as a 2A member, the Eagles didn’t let up in the second half. With Wood and Miller battling foul trouble, Duchesne pushed the advantage to 14 points after three quarters and cruised from there into the title game.
Freshman Max Topham led the Rams with 13 points in the loss. Miller finished with eight points and Wood added just five, 13 below his season average.
In the third-place game, Parowan fell to pre-tournament favorite and defending champion Layton Christian, 65-53 on Feb. 24. The Eagles led 28-20 at the half and pushed the pace to a 19-point edge early in the fourth quarter.
Parowan – who was led by 21 points from Wood – was able to cut the margin down to six at 59-53 with just over a minute left, but Layton Christian drained a pair of 3-pointers to seal the win.
Miller added 15 points in his final game and Topham added 11 as the Rams finished the season with a 12-14 overall record, including an 11-4 mark in its final 15 games.