By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
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 Thursday morning 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 build 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.
Parowan will play Duchesne, a 53-35 winner over Rowland Hall, in a 9:10 p.m. start Friday night. The Rams faced the Eagles in the regular season at the SVC in the Central Utah Boys Basketball Preview on Dec. 9. Duchesne came away with a 56-53 victory.