POCA, W.Va. - Without much offensive production on either end of the floor, the Herbert Hoover and Poca girls basketball teams engaged in a defensive battle across the court on Monday night.
Though offense escaped both squads, the Huskies manufactured enough points against Poca's tenacious defense to prevail with a 43-27 victory.
"Defense was the key tonight," Hoover Coach Greg Ullman said. "I think they're one of the best defensive teams in the league, along with Sissonville and Scott. When you play them, you better be ready to score and you better be able to shut them down, because you're not going to score a lot of points against them."
The Huskies (2-1) led throughout the contest and maintained an 18-7 advantage at halftime.
During the second quarter, the teams combined for six points, as Poca (0-5) tallied just a single field goal, which ended a nearly 10-minute scoring drought.
Points eluded the Dots throughout the game except for freshman Casey Skeens, who recorded a game-high 17 points. Poca trailed 33-16 after three quarters, before finally out-scoring Hoover in the final quarter, though it wasn't enough to overcome the double-digit deficit.
"Defensively, we're fine," Poca Coach Kenny Sayre said. "We just can't score. We turn the ball over too much and we just can't score right now - struggling. We got a couple shots there, but you can't turn the ball over. I know we probably had 18 or 19 turnovers. You just can't win ball games like that."
Eight players scored for Hoover, led by senior forward Hannah King, who excelled in the post against a smaller Poca lineup.
"I didn't know what to expect coming in," King said of the opposition. "I saw they didn't have much height, but we got in there. They were tough, a little bigger than us, but I thought it was awesome - we got in there and put the points on the board."
King, a standout volleyball player, showed no rust in her return to the roster after deciding to devote her athletic endeavors to travel volleyball last season.