[caption id="attachment_900" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2013\/12\/PCHSBBPreviewsmsm.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-900" alt="The Pocahontas County High School Boys Basketball teams opens their season on Tuesday evening with a home game against Webster County. Key players leading the Warriors this year include, left to right: junior Cary Robertson, senior David Hoover, sophomore Jimmy Hensler and junior Adam Irvine." src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2013\/12\/PCHSBBPreviewsmsm-300x163.jpg" width="300" height="163" \/><\/a> The Pocahontas County High School Boys Basketball team opens their season on Tuesday evening with a home game against Webster County. Key players leading the Warriors this year include, left to right: junior Cary Robertson, senior David Hoover, sophomore Jimmy Hensler and junior Adam Irvine.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nPocahontas County High School fields an exceptionally quick and agile boys basketball team this season and Head Coach Tim McClung likes what he's seeing so far.\r\n\r\n\u201cComparing this team to last year's team, we're head and shoulders above where we were last year,\u201d he said. \u201cWe have 27 or 28 kids out, so we have good participation. We've got some kids returning. We only have one senior and several juniors, sophomores and freshmen. So, we've still got a long ways to go, but we're improving every day in practice.\u201d\r\n\r\nMcClung said his players understand strategy better this year.\r\n\r\n\u201cNow, I think the kids have got an idea of what we're wanting to do here with the program,\u201d he said. \u201cThe things we're trying to implement as coaches, our systems, they just have a little bit better idea now. They worked hard for the three weeks during the summer program and we went to several shoot-outs and we did pretty well. So, the kids are buying in and working hard. That's what makes me think we're ahead of schedule from last year.\u201d\r\n\r\nMcClung plans to take advantage of the team's speed with a fast-paced game.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe'll try to do two things,\u201d said the coach. \u201cWe're going to try to run the ball up and down the floor. Offensively, we want to be a transition, fast-breaking team. So, we're going to try and push the basketball up and down the floor. Our motto is to work from the inside out. So, we'll try to get the ball down inside and then kick it back out. We will shoot some threes, but we want the ball to start down inside. We are going to try to press a lot more than we did last year.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe coach will rely on the team's only senior for leadership and wisdom.\r\n\r\n\u201cDavid Hoover is a senior,\u201d said the coach. \u201cHe didn't get much varsity time last year, but he played quite a bit of JV. Hopefully, his experience as a senior and leadership will help out with the other players.\u201d\r\n\r\nHaving two juniors with lots of playing time somewhat makes up for the lack of seniors.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe have two juniors that started last year \u2013 every game, I believe,\u201d said McClung. \u201cThat would be Cary Robertson and Adam Irvine. Adam might have been sick a couple games, but he started the majority of the season. That's going to help us. Stephen Mick \u2013 he played JV and varsity last year, so he got some time in. Dalton Irvine did not play last year, but he's done well this year.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe coach is counting on his sophomores to contribute, as well.\r\n\r\n\u201cRyan Dilley \u2013 we hope that he'll be able to contribute some for us,\u201d said the coach. \u201cBraxton Rider is a tremendous shooter, so we're looking for things from him. Phillip Green, he played last year and he'll help us. Jimmy Hensler, he did real well last year as a freshman. He got a lot of playing time, so we're looking for him to do well for us, also.\u201d\r\n\r\nEven the team's 12 youngest players are showing potential.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe have a gob of freshmen and they're doing real well,\u201d said McClung. \u201cThey can come in and make a difference also. It all depends on how much they work here in practice, how much they want to improve, and if they're able to pick up the things that we want to do.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe team has four players over six-feet tall: Mick, Hensler, Dalton Irvine and freshman Danny Kimble.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe're not a big team, but we're athletic,\u201d the coach said.\r\n\r\nThe team opens its season at home against Webster County on December 10.\r\n\r\n\u201cStarting out with Webster County, they beat us last year in the first game by 47 points, over at their place,\u201d said McClung. \u201cThey have a new coach in Coach Nutter. He coached over at Richwood for the girls' program for several years. He does an excellent job of coaching, so they will be prepared.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Warriors came on strong in the second half of last season, defeating both Webster County and sectional rival Pendleton County in late season rematches. Coach McClung said he expects that higher level of play to continue over into this season.\r\n\r\nJV tipoff against Webster County on Tuesday night is scheduled for 5:45 p.m., with the varsity game to follow.