POCA, W.Va. - The last time Class AA No. 2 Poca squared off against Chapmanville, the Dots trailed at halftime and needed a second-half rally to prevail by 10.
But on Tuesday night, it was apparent early that Poca would need no such comeback this time around.
The Dots (15-1) stormed out to a 15-4 first-quarter lead and then used a 17-0 run over the second and third quarters to bury the Tigers en route to a 68-35 romp.
Noah Frampton led all scorers with 22 points and added eight assists and six steals before all five Poca starters were pulled midway through the fourth quarter.
"We just try to play defense real hard. They're a great team," Frampton said. "[Chapmanville's Josh] Butcher is a great shooter, anybody on their team can shoot, we just try to play hard defense and we played good team defense today."
"I thought it was a great team win, I thought our defense was outstanding tonight," Poca coach Allen Osborne said. "We really did a good job. Butcher is leading the conference in scoring but we really did a nice job on him. He's a good shooter and we made him work to score."
Butcher, averaging a conference-best 16.3 points per game, was held to just five points on 2-for-10 shooting on Tuesday, but he was hardly the only Tiger to struggle.
No. 8 Chapmanville (12-5) committed 22 turnovers and shot just 13 of 37 from the field, accounting for 14 fewer shots than the Dots. And then there was the other end of the floor, where Poca shot better than 50 percent (26 of 51) and hit nine 3-pointers, including at least one from all five starters.
Talk about a good way to spread out a zone defense.
"It looked like to me they were on a run all night," Chapmanville coach Alan Hatcher said. "They're a good basketball team and they just don't have a lot of weaknesses. They shoot the ball well, they guard you, they pass the ball so well, they're unselfish - they have all the intangibles to win a state championship.