Poca High Student-Athlete Is Honored
Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. is pleased to present this week’s female “Gamer of the Week” Award to Senior Casey Skeens of Poca High School – her second such honor.
The Lady Dots Basketball team made it to the 2017 AA Girls State Basketball Tournament. Last week Poca punched their ticket to the coveted competition with a big win in a win or go home game against Mingo Central in the AA Region 4 championship.
Defensive pressure and consistent offensive ball control is the staple of the Lady Dots’ game plan yet again. With a greater arsenal of offensive scorers this season, Poca is a tough team to defend.
One standout player that helped guide the Lady Dots to the big dance is senior point guard Casey Skeens. As an All-Kanawha Valley first team member, Skeens scored 15 points while adding 5 assists and 3 steals. Though Mingo Central attempted to amount a large comeback in the fourth quarter, Skeens and Poca went on to victory 45-38.
When asked about what motivates her, Skeens responds, “My motivation comes from my teammates and my mother. I first and foremost want to be the best team player I can be. I want to get everyone involved and keep everyone focused to win our games. Our team has worked very hard this offseason after missing out on making the state tournament last season. Making the tournament has been our goal since the beginning. Now that we have made it, our goal is to win the tournament. We want to do this for our parents and our fans that have had a strong presence at our games this year. But maybe most importantly we want to do this for Coach Sayre. He has helped to prepare us for every game and we believe in him in as he believes in us. He’s taught us to stay hungry and never be satisfied.”
The Lady Dots finally ended an 18-year State Tournament drought, as they are the 6-seed in this year’s competition. Coming in with an 18-7 record Poca is full of confidence and excitement for the bright lights of the Charleston Civic Center.
Head Coach Kenny Sayre joins his point guard as an All-Kanawha Valley member as the Coach of the Year. Sayre brought back the success the Lady Dots experienced in 90’s.
When asked about Skeens’ play this year Coach Sayre responds, “Casey has been very dedicated to this program over her four seasons here. She has been our point guard since her freshman year and has grown into a great leader. Casey has improved her offensive production by scoring more while continuing to distribute the ball to our shooters in order to get everyone involved. She has been our leading scorer while averaging 5 assists and 3 steals. We have continued to rely on her to guard the opposing team’s best offensive player, while being like a coach of the court to direct us efficiently on the offensive end.”
Coach Sayre’s philosophy of treating the team as a family has been the key to turning the Lady Dots basketball program around into a state tournament caliber team. Now, Poca looks to take care of business and prove to the state that the Lady Dots are back as they take on 3rd-seeded North Marion.
A star in the classroom, Skeens has a 4.12 Grade Point Average. She is also a member of the Lady Dots softball team. Skeens is involved in FCA, Student Body Secretary, National Honor Society, and Science National Honor Society, She is currently committed to play softball at Eastern Michigan University and plans to study exercises and pursue becoming a physical therapist specializing in pediatrics.
Casey is the daughter of Tim and Alisha Skeens.
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Please check back with us next week for the next “Gamer of the Week” sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc.
Teays Physical Therapy has centers in St. Albans and Teays Valley.
Publisher’s notes: This news release was provided by Teays Physical Therapy Center. Game pictures by Ed Conner Photography.