PARK HILLS -- Scott County Central's Dominique Porter gets a bit overlooked with the likes of all-staters Bobby Hatchett and Otto Porter usually running the show.
(Chris Pobst, Staff)
"We have to step our game up and help Otto and Bobby out," Dominique Porter said. "We have to do our part more than they do their part."
Dominique Porter helped more than Hatchett and Otto Porter against the St. Elizabeth Hornets as he led the Braves with 23 points as Scott Central drilled the Hornets 96-46 in their Class 1 sectional game at Park Hills High School.
"Dominique does a good job of playing his butt off," Scott Central head coach Kenyon Wright said. "That right there is his key to anything. He works really hard and that takes care of some of the things he does wrong being a sophomore."
Scott Central (26-2) will now face the Risco Tigers in the quarterfinal round at Three Rivers Community College on Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
Although Hatchett and Otto Porter held the spotlight with the University of Missouri men's basketball head coach Mike Anderson watching from the stands as well as scouts from Purdue University and the University of Illinois. Both did not disappoint those who came to watch them as they scored 21 points apiece. Porter snatched 14 rebounds while Hatchett added four steals and four assists as well.
The Braves got off to a remarkably quick start opening the first quarter with a 10-0 run. The Hornets (17-10) were held scoreless until the 4:17 mark when Evan Bax gave them their first bucket. An 11-2 run following the Bax basket had Scott Central up 21-4 in the blink of an eye.
"It's just not something you can prepare for," St. Elizabeth head coach Jason Ollison said, "unless you have the Detroit Pistons sitting in your backyard."
Scott Central's tenacious defense accounted for 17 first half turnovers from the Hornets that most all led to two points on their end of the floor.
"We threw eight to ten guys out during practice and tried to simulate it a little bit but it's just impossible. They're just a great team and a class act."
Dominique Porter led the Braves with 11 first quarter points as he, Hatchett and Otto Porter combined for 25 points of the Braves' 33-8 first quarter lead.
"He plays with a lot of heart," Hatchett said about Dominique. "He's hurt everyday and I swear, he would run through a wall to go and get a ball. That just tells you what kind of person he is. He just plays his role."
Scott Central did not miss a beat throughout the second quarter as they continued to put points up in bunches. Other than 10 points from Otto Porter and six points from Hatchett, the Braves received seven points off of the bench from Lamarcus Steward showing that when teams focus on their big two, the Braves can now find scoring from other places.
"Teams come out and focus on those two and hopefully, those other guys step up," Wright said. "They did tonight and hopefully they will continue."
Scott Central held a 63-25 lead at the half marking their spot in the quarterfinal round.
Dominique Porter, Steward and Reggie Woodson matched Hatchett and Otto Porter's combined 42. Steward finished with nine while Woodson chipped in 10.
"Without them, we wouldn't be who we are," said Hatchett. "They feed off of us and we feed off of them. I love playing with all of them. They all work hard."
St. Elizabeth was led by junior guard Caleb Heckemeyer's 13 points. Bax added 12 in the loss.
ST. ELIZABETH (46) -- Caleb Heckemeyer 13, Trenton Holtmeyer 6, Ryan Loethen 1, Connor Beck 2, Kenney Schwartze 4, Tyler Struemph 6, Evan Bax 12, Brent Monteer 2. FG 18 FT 6-14 F 17. (3-pointers: Heckemeyer 2, Holtmeyer 2. Fouled out: none.)
SCOTT CENTRAL (96) -- Blake Pobst 2, Bobby Hatchett 22, Trey Johnson 6, Reggie Woodson 10, Lamarcus Steward 9, Otto Porter 21, Dominique Porter 23, Calvin Porter 2, John Rhoden 2. FG 43 FT 7-13 F 17. (3-pointers: Hatchett 1, Woodson 1. Fouled out: none.)