CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Experience can make a big difference is sports.
With four starters back from last season's squad that missed the State Tournament by 0.8 seconds, the boys basketball team at Poca just needs it to make a little bit of a difference.
"We were 18-7 and 13 of those games were decided by six points or less," veteran Poca Coach Allen Osborne said. "We're hoping to get a little better and get over that hump."
The last one of those tight games was a regional co-final loss to Scott on a pair of free throws with 0.8 seconds remaining.
Starters returning for Poca are 6-foot Noah Frampton, 5-8 Cam Cottrill, 6-foot Matt Chandler, and 6-2 Jacob Payne.
Frampton averaged 14 points a game and Cottrill 10.6 to pace the Dots in scoring.
Also back are 6-3 junior Christian Buckley, who missed all of last season with an injury, and sophomore Kaden Meeks.
"So we have some experience," Osborne said.
Poca did lose four players who contributed last season.
But a talented group of freshmen from a middle school program that finished undefeated last season look ready to replace them.
"We've got 20 kids out and 10 of them are freshmen," Osborne said. "A couple of the freshmen are going to be playing a lot of varsity."
Look for 6-3 Luke Frampton, Noah's brother, to see plenty of action along with Elijah Cuffee whose older brother, Jason - a former Poca star - is a junior at Cedarville University.