Poca has put the band back together.
Kenny Sayre, a former Dots basketball standout and All-West Virginia Conference performer at Bluefield State, was recently hired as the girls head coach.
Poca was forced to disband the girls team after three games last season when injuries hit the squad hard, leaving just five or six players for games and practices.
Sayre said it's been tough trying to round up girls during the summer break, but he said he averaged seven to eight players during June's three-week practice period, which ended Friday.
"The first night I had 12 sign up, which is really good,'' said Sayre, who has been a volunteer assistant for the Poca boys team the past five seasons. "You just try to make it fun and keep them motivated.''
Sayre said his squad and Poca Middle School held joint sessions one week so the high school team could have full-squad workouts.
"It's hard during the summer when you don't have 10 and you're just teaching drills,'' he said. "The girls are coming in enthusiastic and they want to learn. It's hard with seven or eight girls because you can't do full-court stuff and you have to drill, drill, drill, but they're showing up every day.''
Sayre, whose daughter Kendal was a freshman last season, said it was hard to watch the team break up.
"It was very, very sad,'' he said. "I felt bad for the players and the coaches. It was just a bad situation. I can't imagine not playing basketball in high school.
"The girls are wanting so much to get back into it. I think next year when they get talking to their friends we'll have more show up. It's a new year. We've just got to stay positive.''