POCA, W.Va. -- Girls basketball lives once again at Poca High.
"I've got 12 girls out," first-year coach Kenny Sayre said. "I don't think I will have anybody drop out this year."
The Dots program folded in December last year just a few games into the season. Several players elected not to come out for the team, a couple quit, and then there were some injuries. The roster fell to six available players at one point.
Class AA All-State player Adrian Cunningham transferred to George Washington and a brief battle with the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission ensued before she was eventually declared eligible to play.
Former coach Rudy Raynes announced he would not be coming back and a replacement was found on the boys bench.
Sayre has been an assistant coach for the Poca boys basketball team the past five years after playing at Bluefield State.
"It's different coaching girls," he said. "But it is enjoyable."
There are three seniors on the roster, but one has not played since she was a freshman. The other two, Maddie McGrew and Paula Ord, have proven to be very valuable. McGrew was the Daily Mail's Freshman of the Year in 2010.
"Those two are really keeping us together," Sayre said. "They are doing a great job."
He also expects Hannah Bailey and Mackenzie Ball, who are currently battling for the point guard spot, to make big contributions.