<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/03\/girls-web.-heads.jpg"><img src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/03\/girls-web.-heads-300x169.jpg" alt="girls web. heads" width="300" height="169" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-8206" \/><\/a>\r\n\r\nBruce McKean\r\nContributing Writer\r\n\r\nI pulled out the 2014-15 Girls Basketball Coaches Association preseason poll and looked at the Class A rankings to see how well they predicted the results of the just completed 2015 state tournament.\u00a0 Huntington St. Joseph Central and Wheeling Central Catholic were voted 1-2 in the preseason poll.\u00a0 And exactly as predicted St. Joe would win its record seventh straight state championship with a 40-37 victory over Wheeling Central.\u00a0 The come-from-behind win by St. Joe was not as dominant this year, and Wheeling had two chances in the final seconds to send the game into overtime.\u00a0 Wheeling missed a three pointer and then a\u00a0pass under the basket was wide as they turned the ball over out of bounds.\u00a0 St. Joe\u2019s last loss to an in-state team was to Wheeling Central in the 2008 state championship, a string of 85 in a row.\u00a0 If St. Joe wins again next year, they tie North Fork\u2019s boys team for the West Virginia\u2019s record of eight consecutive championships (1974-1981).\r\nOther teams in the preseason poll who made it to states with their eventual state seeding \u00a0in parenthesis were: \u00a03 \u2013 St. Marys (No. 6 seed), 4 \u2013 Charleston Cath-olic (No. 5), 5 \u2013 Tucker Co-unty (No. 3), 7 \u2013 Pocahontas County (No. 4).\u00a0 \r\nOf the 24 schools who made it to states in all classes this year, only Charleston Catholic did so with a losing record (9-11 including regionals).\u00a0Most coaches probably voted the Irish lower in the polls and seeding, not realizing what a tough Class AA and AAA schedule they played to get ready for states.\r\nCharleston Catholic beat Pocahontas County\u00a0in the quarter-finals Wednesday 57-28, and then advanced to the Friday semi-finals where St. Joe beat Catholic 51-27. \u00a0CCHS second-year head coach Josh Bogan stated in the press conference after that St. Joe game: \u201cWe got good looks; we just couldn\u2019t convert. For us, we just couldn\u2019t make any shots.\u00a0 It was like there was a lid on the basket.\u201d \u00a0\r\nThose words could have come right out of the mouth of PCHS head coach Mike Kane on Wednesday about the Lady Warriors versus Charleston Catholic game.\u00a0 PCHS had three of its best games of the season leading up to the game in Charleston.\u00a0 The 2002 Lady Warriors pulled off one of the biggest upsets in state history over #2 ranked Gilmer County in regionals and then froze in their first ever game at states vs Mercer Christian Academy, a 31-point loss.\u00a0\r\nThe best of teams have bad shooting days for various reasons, and the Lady Warriors and their coaches should be proud of all the girls have accomplished this season. \u00a0CCHS shot 14.8 percent of it shots from the field in the first half and finished at 18.4 percent in its loss to St. Joe. \u00a0PCHS shot 13 percent (three of 23) of its first half shots from the field and finished at 22 percent (9 of 41) in its loss to Charleston.\u00a0 As PCHS head coach Mike Kane stated after the game: \u201cIf a couple of the early Pocahontas three-point shot attempts had fallen for us, it all would probably have been different.\u201d\r\nSenior Tristin Day was team high scorer with eight points, five rebounds, four steals and one assist.\u00a0 Next was sophomore Mary Kelley off-the-bench with seven points, two rebounds and one steal.\u00a0 Sophomore Sarah Rider tallied seven rebounds, five points, one steal and one assist.\u00a0 Senior Bobbie McNabb contributed four points, three rebounds, two blocks and one steal.\u00a0 Senior Natalie Hartzell added three points, three rebounds and one steal.\u00a0 Junior Melissa Murphy finished with two rebounds, one point and one steal.\u00a0 Junior Michelle Murphy grabbed three rebounds and had one assist and one steal off-the-bench.\u00a0 Senior Olivia Knisely tallied one rebound and one steal off-the-bench.Sophomore Tiffany Hoover grabbed one rebound off-the-bench.\u00a0 All 13 Lady Warriors saw action in the game.\r\nCharleston Catholic was led by senior Catherine Bandak with 11 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore Vida Imani tallied 15 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists.\u00a0 Eleven of the Irish scored in the game.\r\nCharleston won the points battle over PCHS in the following five categories: \u00a0in paint 34-10, off turnovers 19-12, 2nd chance 16-4, fast break 12-2 and bench 15-7.\u00a0 Each team had four blocks, and PCHS hit four threes to two for CCHS.\u00a0 Catholic won the following stats: \u00a0rebounds 45-32, assists 16-4, turnovers 19-24, and steals 20-11. \u00a0PCHS hit six of 16 free throws (37.5 percent), and Catholic made five of 9 (55.6 percent).\u00a0 Charleston\u2019s lead increased each quarter to the following number of points : \u00a0first quarter \u2013 8 points, second \u2013 19, third \u2013 21, and fourth \u2013 29. \u00a0\r\nIf you look at the many game photos on the Metro News Sports web site, you can see how hard these players fought in the game.\u00a0 Catholic has a huge athletic complex near the airport, so playing in the Civic Center down the street from their school is not \u00a0as much of an adjustment as it is for PCHS.\u00a0 Catholic had an adjustment when they had to play in our smaller gym in regular season.\u00a0 CCHS is also a private school in a metropolitan area with a large population of possible students.\u00a0 Many of the Irish players have won state championships in other sports.\r\nPCHS ends its season at 17-5, and CCHS finishes with a 10-12 record.\u00a0 \r\nCharleston Catholic won the spirit award, and Wheeling Central won the sportsmanship award. All-tour- nament picks by the media were: \u00a0Mychelle Johnson, Alexis Hall, and Destiny Sims of St. Joseph Central;\u00a0Lindsey Baker and Regan Blaha of Wheeling Central Catholic;\u00a0Aiyana Kachmarek of Tucker County;\u00a0Ashley Hall of St. Marys, and\u00a0Vida Imani of Charleston Catholic.\r\nFour Lady Warriors played their last game Wednesday for PCHS and will be missed for their dedication, leadership and contributions to the team: \u00a0Tristin Day, Bobbie McNabb, Natalie Hartzell and Olivia Knisely.\u00a0 When you get to regionals for 14 straight years and to states in nine of those years. the pressure on coaches and players grows each year.\u00a0 The pain of just one loss at states will fade, and the memory of the total experience and collective accomplishments will grow.\u00a0 \r\nCongratulations to the Lady Warriors, Coaches Mike Kane, Mike Murphy and Phil Anderson, Athletic Director Kay Wiley, their fans and parents and the many volunteers on a record-breaking year of girls basketball.