Fairmont shot just 24 percent in the opening half, but hit 54.5 percent after halftime.
"We knew that they like to get up and down the floor, draw foul shots and push it any time they can,'' said Cabell, whose team outrebounded the Polar Bears 37-31.
"One of our main focuses was to get back on defense and keep them in a half-court game. We did a pretty good job of it. The score was right where we wanted it. Just a couple made layups or a couple of turnovers and it could have been closer at the end.''
Dolan Scott's only senior, finished with 18 points but on 3-of-13 shooting, although he did hit all 12 of his free throws and added seven rebounds and three steals. Skyhawks junior point guard Cody Brown added 14 points and five boards while sophomore power forward Logan Webb contributed seven points and seven caroms.
The Skyhawks upset Poca 53-52 on the Dots' home floor in the regional co-finals after losing in the sectional tournament to reach states.
"I know that the boys wanted to win it for our senior,'' Cabell said of Dolan. "You could just see it in all their eyes. I'm so proud of these guys. They gave it their all. They have all year. We've asked them to be tough, play with fire, play with pride and all of them did.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.