Addie Porter, Lebanon's smallest player, hits biggest shot in TSSAA quarterfinal win
MURFREESBORO – Addie Porter was Lebanon's smallest player on the court Thursday.
She hit the biggest shot of the Devilettes' season at Middle Tennessee State's Murphy Center. It sent them back to the Class AAA state semifinals for the second consecutive season.
Porter's pull-up jumper with three seconds left gave Lebanon a 36-35 win over Bradley Central.
"Here is what I always tell them, make or miss you can't be afraid to be in that moment," Lebanon coach Cory Barrett said. "As long as you are not afraid of the moment, we can live with the result."
Lebanon (29-4) plays Hardin County (21-2) at 7 p.m. Friday in a Class AAA semifinal. Hardin County upset Bearden 48-39 in its quarterfinal.
Porter is a 5-foot-4 four-year starter for the Devilettes. She's averaged 15.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season at Lebanon.
Porter had 14 points on 4-of-15 shooting. She was also 5-of-6 from the free throw line and grabbed eight rebounds with two assists. She never left the floor.
"It's something that I've had to struggle with my whole life, being short," Porter said. "It's nothing new. But you have to find a way to still get it done."
Added Barrett, "You can't get her heart through the door. Up until recently, she hasn't gotten a lot of credit for what our teams have done over the years. The one thing I always knew is she wanted to win as bad as I did."
Barrett said the play was designed to give Porter options to pass if she was double-teamed and couldn't get a shot off.
But Porter kept it and pulled up just inside the free throw line for the game winner.
"(The shot) looked good," Porter said. "It looked good. I didn't want to get too happy. I just made sure it went in before I got too excited."
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