FALLING ROCK, W.Va. - One of the most important basketball statistics is turnovers.
Poca girls basketball coach Kenny Sayre knew that category wasn't a positive one for his team throughout the Dots match-up against Herbert Herbert Monday by asking several times how many turnovers they had committed.
The Huskies forced 18 in the first half to propel them to a huge lead and the Hoover defense stepped up late in holding on to earn a 51-46 home win over Poca in front of a sparse crowd in Falling Rock.
"Hoover has a good team," Sayre said. "I knew it would be a tough game. I was hoping to come up here and steal this one. I was proud of the effort, especially in the second half, but when you turn the ball over like that, it makes it tough."
With the win, Hoover improves to 14-2 and is having one of its best seasons in school history. Last season's 12-11 finish marked the first time the Huskies finished above .500 since 1996.
Hoover had won 12 games in a row before losing at Sissonville on Friday night 68-52.
"Without looking it up because I wasn't there, we are probably guessing the 12-game winning streak is as good as there has been ever," Hoover coach Greg Ullman said. "This has been a great season and we just hope to keep it going."
"It's been amazing," Hoover junior Bailey Aab said. "I know a lot of people underestimated us. We have practiced hard and are really going to make it this year. The winning streak was a really big thing for us."
Against Poca (4-15) Monday, Hoover forced eight first-quarter turnovers but could only forge a tie. In the second quarter, however, the Husky defense turned Poca over 10 more times in leading 31-17 at halftime.
The Dots settled down in the third quarter, and when their offense wasn't turning it over, they made a run, only trailing Hoover 42-35 entering the fourth quarter.
The Dots hung around, and cut the deficit to 47-43 with 3:50 left in the game but the Huskies defense got to Poca again, forcing back-to-back turnovers at the most crucial part of the game.
Hoover made the Dots pay, increasing the lead to eight on a mid-range jumper from Hannah Schoolcraft with 1:46 left and two free throws by Bethany Romine with 1:10 remaining.