COLUMBIA — For Rock Bridge girls basketball, two Porters are better than one.
Bri Porter, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, scored six points before she injured her leg early in the Bruins' 55-36 victory against Hickman on Wednesday at Rock Bridge. Bruins coach Jill Nagel soon called on Bri Porter’s younger sister Cierra Porter to take her place.
“I have all the faith in the world in any of them stepping in,” Nagel said. “That’s the luxury of having four extremely talented post players.”
Cierra Porter, who jogged onto the court with the poise of a player confident in her skills, did not disappoint while taking her sister’s spot. She wasted no time claiming the paint by grabbing rebounds, blocking shots, posting up and drawing fouls. She finished with a game-high 11 points, even without playing in the fourth quarter.
“All year she’s been coming in, and it was her time to come in and start the second half,” senior Lindsey Cunningham said. “She finished with some big baskets inside and got a lot of offensive rebounds for us and filled her sister’s shoes pretty well.”
Cierra Porter, who is 2 inches taller than her sister, was a big part of the defense that caused a lot of Hickman turnovers and helped the Bruins pick up a 9-0 lead in the first 1:14 of the game. Hickman tried to break the Rock Bridge trap, but it was too exhausting.
“I thought we brought great energy and stayed true to the defensive plan, and our length caused a lot of problems again,” Nagel said.
The Bruins improved to 15-3 after an undefeated three-game homestand. They play Belleville East on Tuesday at Webster Grove High School. The Kewpies, who fell to 16-4, play Tuesday at home against Wentzville Holt.
The status of Bri Porter's injury is uncertain, and she is due to see a doctor Thursday.