"We started out the game in the wrong style with a little slow press back into a 2-3 zone,'' said Samuel. "[Poca] got up on us and we just decided to go after it full-court, man-to-man press and trap at half court. I think that's what turned it around for us.''
Thursday's game was the first for Poca since it disbanded its team after three games last season because injuries left too few players available. The Dots lost at home to Nitro 52-37 in their final game before the season was canceled.
"It was a great feeling to get back on the court,'' said Poca senior Paula Ord, who finished with eight points and seven boards. "I really wasn't sure how it would play out and if we would have a coach this year.
"The loss is hard, but it just makes us stronger. Everybody's strong and playing to their strengths. We've just got to work and get up to the next level.''
McGrew turned in 13 points and 14 boards while Bailey tallied 13 points for Poca, which committed 32 turnovers.
"Pressure,'' explained Dots first-year coach Kenny Sayre, whose team cut its turnovers to only five in the third quarter but then saw them balloon to 10 in the fourth. "That's all it was, pressure. We take care of turnovers and we're in the game. That's what killed us.
"Our girls played hard. I was very proud of them. We just took a big step. I had several people call me and the girls and say good luck. I had a bunch of text messages. I think we're getting the Poca family behind us and hopefully we'll turn this thing around.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.