"I feel pretty good about the next two or three weeks,'' Porter said. "Whitman showed us something tonight.''
Scott defeated Hoover by 30 points in Madison in early January.
"We're disappointed that we lost, but we're not disappointed in how we played and the effort,'' said Hoover coach Greg Ullman, whose team missed 10 foul shots. "I think we fought and scratched hard inside. If I looked at a shot chart the scoring inside the lane was the whole game.
"It's just a size thing. [Scott] is just a lot for us to handle inside. We made good moves to the basket and they drove hard to the hole. A couple of rebounds at the end that we probably should have gotten could have really changed the game.''
Freshman Kari Harding totaled 12 points for Hoover (10-7) and Aab chipped in 11 points and six boards.
The Huskies are chasing their first winning season since 1996 relying mostly on underclassmen.
"A lot of times out there we had freshmen and sophomores on the floor,'' said Ullman, who last year guided Hoover to its first regional final appearance since the early 1990s. "At times that was probably all that was on the floor.
"We've got a good group. They like each other and seem to play well together. It's a lot of good chemistry right now. When you go into a game and you're shorter at every position I think we play as a team.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.