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Girls basketball: Ord, McGrew help Poca roll Wayne

POCA, W.Va. -- Kenny Sayre, Poca's girls basketball coach, knows a little something about rebounding.

While playing college basketball at Bluefield State, Sayre averaged a double-double his senior season in 1993, earning All-Conference honors in the West Virginia Conference.

Sayre, a former Dots standout from 1986-1989, has taught his Poca players the importance of rebounding and it certainly paid off in a big way Thursday night.

Poca had two players, Paula Ord and Madi McGrew, earn double-doubles, while four different players had at least six rebounds in the Dots' easy 51-31 home victory over Wayne in girls high school basketball action.

"We stress rebounds a lot," Sayre said. "We have got a little bit of size inside. It's an advantage. We battle and try and get after it. Rebounds are very important and is one of our main strengths."

Sayre put up his huge numbers at Bluefield State despite playing in the post at just 6-foot-6, proving that rebounding isn't just about height.

"I was very undersized in college playing center," Sayre said. "It don't matter how big you are. You put your butt into them and box them out. We always stress rebounds is a want to."

Ord, a 5-10 senior, finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds while the 5-9 McGrew tallied 11 points and 10 boards for Poca (3-5). Ord and McGrew played sparingly in the second half, including not at all in the fourth quarter in the lopsided win.

"They are getting more aggressive on the boards," Sayre said. "Paula Ord is a beast in there. Mad Dog (McGrew) plays really hard, and Kendal (Sayre) plays hard inside as well. She is probably our strongest girl on the team."

The players understand the importance of what Sayre is preaching with the rebounds.

"He's very big on rebounding," McGrew said. "If we don't box out, he gets on us. Rebounds are everything. It's great having people work hard and wanting to do their best and rebound. It's just giving everything you got. My mindset is I want it more than the other person."

"It's a new thing for Poca," Ord said. "Usually we have a short team. This year we have height and size on our side. It's definitely a big thing for us, and exciting. Our shooting percentage has been low so the rebounds have been very important.

Sayre indicated rebounding is even more pivotal considering the usual sub-par field goal percentages by the Dots and their opposition.

"We haven't shot better than 30 percent very much," Sayre said.

"If you get a lot of those offensive rebounds, it's huge. I stress that a lot. You can't give girls a second shot. I've noticed in girls basketball, if you shoot over 30 percent, you're doing pretty good."

In other girls action:

Richwood 48, Liberty 14 Hannah Brown scored 16 points and Breanna Mazzella had 15 points to lead the Lumberjills (3-3) to the win at the Wildcat Invitational at Meadow Bridge.

Herbert Hoover 57, Roane County 37 - Jordan Marshall scored 15 points and Bailey Aab had eight points and 12 rebounds to lead the Huskies to their sixth consecutive win.

For the Raiders, Kipra Rhodes had 13 points.

 Marietta (Ohio) 50, Winfield 40 - Erica Dawson boosted Marietta to victory at the Jack Stephens Memorial Tournament.

Chelsea Kirby and Mara Rhoades led Winfield with seven points each.


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