Wickliffe junior post Mariah Porter is proof of how much one individual can make a major impact on a team.
A 9-12 record may not be impressive to some, but it's a big improvement for Wickliffe which has equaled their win total for the last three seasons combined.
Porter is a big reason for the turnaround.
In Wickliffe's recent 47-36 win over Riverside on Tuesday, Porter had a double-double with game-highs of 19 points and 18 rebounds.
The 18 rebounds gave Porter 329 for the season which is a new school record. The previous record of 321 was set by Latrissa Johnson during the 1987-88 season.
It was the third rebound record Porter broke this season. In a game against Hawken, she totaled 31 boards. The previous record of 27 was set by Mary Sivak during the 1976-77 season. Twenty one of the 31 boards were defensive which was also a record. The previous record of 17 was held by Sandy Bungo (1977-78) and Mary Seifert (1980-81).
Porter should be proud of the records she has set. It will give her even more motivation during this offseason to come out even stronger her senior year.
Wickliffe coach Vince Granito has done a great job with helping mold Porter into a major team player. She has taken on the role as a team leader and stepped up in a big way. It's been a long road with very few team wins, but Porter is benefiting from all of the hard work and effort she puts into the game.
It's exciting to watch a talented player like her develop over the years.
-Theresa Neuhoff Audia
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