POCA, W.Va. -- This year was supposed to be an easy one for Poca senior Madi McGrew.
She was the Daily Mail's Kanawha Valley Freshman of the Year the 2009-10 season. The Poca team she was a part of looked like it was developing into one of the top girls basketball teams and McGraw into one of the better players in Class AA.
Monday night, four games into her senior season, McGrew was still shaking off the rust from an unexpected and unwanted season off.
The 5-foot-10 forward scored 10 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and added four assists and three steals for good measure as Poca fell 51-36 to visiting Herbert Hoover.
When McGrew joined the team it looked like last year would be the Dots' season to shine making this season sort of a victory lap for McGrew as the lone returning starter. But somewhere along the way it all fell apart. Players transferred, did not come out or were injured.
Forget about a trip to the State Tournament. A mere six games into the season the remaining games were canceled.
"It was very disappointing," McGrew said. "But this year we are not looking back, we're just excited to have a team."
The Dots are now 1-3 after falling to a Huskies squad that hit 12 of 25 attempts from 3-point range.
"They came out and took it to us," first-year Coach Kenny Sayre said. "We missed a bunch of shots and turned the ball over way too much."
Poca committed 28 turnovers against Herbert Hoover's full-court pressure.
"Our effort tonight just wasn't what I thought it would be in the first half," Sayre said.
McGrew is still finding her shooting rhythm and hit just 3 of 11 shots from the floor but was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line.