Scott took advantage of its opportunity after losing its sectional championship game against Tolsia (which also qualified for the state tournament) and upset Poca 53-52 on the Dots' home floor in the regional to reach the Civic Center. The Skyhawks started the season 8-0 before an up-and-down second half.
"If you look at our losses, one was to Bluefield and one was to Wyoming East, which were both state-ranked teams," Scott coach Nick Cabell said. "We went on a stretch where we couldn't win a road game. I feel good about us [now]. We really fought hard to get the win at Poca and the boys know what it takes to bring the championship home."
The Skyhawks are led by a pair of double-digit scorers in Matthew Dolan (17.0 points per game) and Eric May (10.7). Cabell said Dolan, his team's lone senior, has been the Skyhawks' leader in more ways than one.
"He leads by example and speaks up to let the team know what he expects of them," Cabell said. "He told the guys to get him to the state tournament and they helped him get here like he asked."
May, a sophomore, plays small forward for Scott.
"He's a little longer than most guards and can handle the basketball," Cabell said. "He can shoot the ball well and make good decisions in transition."
Scott has never won a boys basketball state championship and has only played for the title once (a 57-48 loss to Oak Hill in 2011). Fairmont Senior has won five state championships, but only one (a 61-59 win against Robert C. Byrd in 1996) since 1949.
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