Girls basketball: McGrew to miss rest of season; Irish defeat Dots
POCA -- Poca High School senior standout Madi McGrew thought she had experienced the worst after the Dots folded the girls basketball team just six games into the 2011-12 season.
Unfortunately, McGrew was wrong in that estimation.
McGrew injured her right knee against Charleston Catholic on Dec. 28, and despite early reports that it might not be severe, an MRI revealed Monday the worst-case scenario in a torn ACL.
Coincidentally, Poca played the Irish the same day as finding out the severity of McGrew's injury, and Catholic (5-7) took advantage of the shorthanded Dots for a 43-29 win on the road.
McGrew was averaging a double-double, with 11.3 points and 10 rebounds a game for Poca (5-6).
Her best sport is softball, but the injury will force her to miss the upcoming season as well, thus ending her illustrious high school career.
"I'm devastated and crushed," a tearful McGrew said Monday night.
"I'm done. This is it for my senior career. I just found out today. It's awful just to find out something like that but it's all God's plan. You have to look at it that way."
McGrew started off her Poca basketball career in fine fashion, winning Daily Mail Kanawha Valley Freshman of the Year honors in 2009-2010. As a junior, though, things fell apart for the Dots as a shortage of players caused the team to cancel the rest of their season after six games.
Despite having her senior season cut short as well, McGrew tried to find the positives.
"Its sucks coming back thinking you are going to excel," McGrew said. "My first couple games, I was fortunate to play as well as I did. But it's disappointing, of course. I'm just happy I got to play a couple games my senior year.
Poca first year Coach Kenny Sayre was equally upset for McGrew.
"It was sad," Sayre said. "She came downstairs and told the team. There were tears shed. She was coming on. She had a double-double almost every night. I'm more upset about the softball. That's her sport."
In softball, McGrew was selected second team All-State as a sophomore and had her best year during her junior season, earning first team All-State honors.
McGrew don't know what the future holds, but still wants to play softball in college.
"Coach (Bob) Allen from State was looking at me," McGrew said. "He offered me a scholarship. I'm not really sure about right now. I definitely want to play. With all the circumstances, I'm just not sure."
For now, Sayre and the rest of the Dots must adjust to life without McGrew. Poca has played four games since losing their top player and are 1-3 in that time, including Monday's loss.
Sayre is encouraged at what he has seen from the Dots so far.
"The one thing about these girls is they stick together," he said. "They have been through a lot over the last two years. We had Tolsia. Against Nitro, it was 20-18 at the half. And tonight we were only down three in the fourth quarter."
Senior Paula Ord is having a solid season as well, and will be expected to help carry the load, without McGrew. Against the Irish, Ord scored seven points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and collected nine steals.
"Paula is stepping up and trying to be that leader," Sayre said. "She won't come out of the game. I can't afford her to. She is a beast underneath. We can't just rely on Paula. Offensively, we need someone else to step up."
For Catholic, Christina O'Dell scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Samantha Fletcher added 13 points.