Nitro returns four starters from a squad that posted double-figure wins for the first time since 2008-09, finishing with a 10-12 record last season.
"Season openers always show you what you have to work on and I've got a lot of stuff to work on,'' said Nitro coach Will Samuel. "I liked a lot of things.
"I'm excited about the experience we have. Five out of six are back and they know the system now. If we shore some things up I think we can keep getting better, and come tournament time we could be a tough out.''
Skeens paced Poca with 13 points, but those came on 5-of-19 accuracy, and no one else hit double figures for the Dots. In addition to Skeens, the Dots have two other freshmen who are the top substitutes.
"If you would have told me before the game that we would hold [Nitro] to 38 points, I'd take it,'' said Poca coach Kenny Sayre, whose team hit on just 25 percent of its shots. "I was proud of the effort.
"Our girls could have easily folded. [The freshmen] got introduced to high school basketball tonight. I'm going to have to count on them. Defensively, we'll be all right, just get some shots to fall.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.