Clay ended with 26 turnovers, which included 13 steals by the Dots - four by Cottrill and three apiece for Chandler and Cameron Morrison, several starting fast-break baskets.
Poca's offensive approach is a bit different than previous seasons, when it relied on go-to scorers such as Jason Cuffee and Clinton Parsons.
"We've got four, five kids who can score,'' Osborne said, "and some guys who can come off the bench and play and give us some depth. We're more balanced, I guess, and I kind of like that because it makes you hard to guard.''
For the Panthers, who played without senior starter Michael Shamblin, Stephen Cole scored 15 points and Chris Cole 10. Jarrod Woodyard grabbed seven rebounds to lead Clay to a 29-22 edge off the boards. Poca had no one with more than four rebounds.
Osborne said his team's next two games will tell quite a bit - home dates Tuesday against Tolsia and Friday versus Charleston Catholic.
"We'll find out a lot about how dangerous we are,'' Osborne said, "a final four double-A team and the defending state champ [in Class A]. It'll be a good challenge for us.''
Prior to tipoff, Poca administrators held a ceremony honoring two West Virginia State Police troopers and former athletes from the two communities who were shot and killed following an Aug. 28 incident with a reckless driving suspect at the Wallback park and ride.
Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey, 42, played at Poca and Trooper Eric Workman, 26, played for Clay County.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.