After the sting of its opening-round loss to Fairmont Senior wears off, Scott can look forward to next year.
The Skyhawks lose only one, senior, guard Matt Dolan, the team's top scorer at 17.0 points per game. Six-foot-2 sophomore small forward Eric May (10.7) was Scott's only other double-figure scorer this year.
"Matt was definitely a big reason why we're here,'' said Scott coach Nick Cabell. "I told him that in the locker room. I don't think we could have made it without his leadership. It's going to be very, very hard to replace him. He's a leader on the floor, he's a leader off the floor. Emotionally, he brings it. He speaks up when he needs to.
"We started three sophomores, the point guard's a junior [Cody Brown], but we have six or seven juniors on the roster that can all play and they all got to play [Thursday]. Next year might just be a little bit different style just with the experience we'll have. They got a taste of what it's like to play here. We'll be hungry to get back next year for sure. We've got to get in the weight room, though, and strengthen these sophomores up.''
Scott has never won a state title and only played in one championship, a 57-48 loss to Oak Hill in 2011.
No. 8 seeds getting closer
Another year at the boys state basketball tournament and another year in which No. 8 seeds came up empty.
But upon a closer look, the underdogs seem to be closing the gap and perhaps put up their best fight since seeding in the three classes began in 2005.
Class AAA No. 1 Martinsburg, Class AA No. 1 Bluefield, and Class A No. 1 Tug Valley beat Huntington, North Marion, and Notre Dame, respectively, by a combined 46 points, the second-lowest combined total since 2005, missing the lowest mark by just one point (2010).
Also, each No. 8 seed got off to a strong start as Huntington, North Marion and Notre Dame each led after one quarter.
Huntington and North Marion in particular held their own as Huntington's 60-50 loss to Martinsburg was the second-closest Class AAA 8- vs.-1 matchup behind Logan's 65-57 win over Hedgesville in 2010.
The Huskies' 62-51 loss to Bluefield, meanwhile, was by far the closest 8-vs.-1 game in Class AA since 2005, breaking the mark set in 2011 in a 17-point win by Oak Hill over Philip Barbour.
The Highlanders and Huskies were also able to stay within striking distance until the final moments.
"We had our opportunities," North Marion coach Chris Freeman said Thursday. "We're the 8 seed playing the 1 seed and being down seven, eight or nine going into the fourth, you still feel like you've got an opportunity to win the ballgame."
Color day at the Civic Center
When a team's colors are black and white, its fans have to go out their way to get noticed in an arena as large as the Civic Center.
Westside's fans stuck out like sore thumbs during the Renegades' Class AA quarterfinal matchup with Bridgeport.
Almost everyone in Westside's cheering section wore fluorescent orange, pink or chartreuse T-shirts. They might not have matched Hurricane's tie-dyed legion in number, but for pure chromatic effect they did just fine.
WVU coach Bob Huggins was supposed to attend the Morgantown-SC game to watch the Mohigans' Nathan Adrian, but assistant coach Ron Everhart was there instead.