POCA, W.Va. - Nick Cabell figures he knows his Scott team's best path through the postseason: avoid Poca in the region co-final.
Having seen the Dots up close twice in 10 days, the Skyhawks coach has seen enough. The results were similar for his Skyhawks: a 70-49 dusting Jan. 8 in Madison and a 77-48 mauling Friday night in the Dots' gym.
Poca is ranked fifth in Class AA this week, and Cabell figures that may be a notch or two too low.
"As far as I'm concerned," Cabell started. "We've played Bluefield this year, played Fairmont Senior. I think Poca's a top-three team. We've played Westside in a scrimmage, Poca can play with any of them and beat any of them on any given night.
"I think they're better than Fairmont Senior. As far as Westside and Bluefield, they're right there with them. I think Poca might be the best team in Double-A - the matchups they can pose against other teams, I don't think they can handle them."
The Dots looked like state-beaters Friday night in dispatching the 10th-ranked Skyhawks. They entered the game shooting 52 percent for the season and bumped that up by going 29 of 52, 55.8 percent.
In the first 21/2 quarters, the Dots' offense got progressively more lethal.
In the first quarter, Scott led 2-0 and 4-3 before the Dots went on an 11-1 run. In the second quarter, an 11-0 run widened the margin from 18-14 to 29-14, and the Dots led 34-16 at the break.
And if that wasn't enough, Poca got out the industrial-strength whuppin' stick in the third quarter, starting on a 17-2 run. At 51-18, that was that.
The Skyhawks (6-5) changed defenses, but to no avail. It probably didn't matter, but the Dots liked what they saw in the third quarter.