Pocahontas County will be competing in its second state tournament in four years when the Warriors take to the Charleston Civic Center floor one last time with veteran coach Bob Sheets.
Sheets, who is retiring after 30 years as Pocahontas County's head coach, knows his squad has a tough task in the first round when they face top-seeded St. Marys in the Class A tourney.
"It's a tough challenge playing St. Marys," Sheets said. "The kids are happy with their draw, though. They know it will be a tough game, but I feel they're ready for the competition."
The Warriors (14-11) advanced to the state tournament after defeating Fayetteville 44-35 in the regional final last week.
Pocahontas County is led by senior forward Dillon Kelly, who is averaging 18.1 points per game.
Senior guard Jed Sheets (14.9) and senior guard Steve Halterman (10.6) are also averaging double figures for the Warriors.
"We'll need our three top scorers to step up and have good games offensively," Sheets said. "They've had good games in the playoffs this year, so hopefully they can carry that over into the state tournament."
Senior guard Skylar Knisely (7.8) and junior guard Tyler Davis are other key players for Pocahontas County.
"We'll need some of our bench players to step up and contribute,," Sheets said. "We've had some scoring this year from our bench and we're really going to need them against St. Marys."
The Blue Devils (23-1) advanced after defeating Bishop Donahue 70-57 in regional play.
The Blue Devils are led by senior forward K.D. Arnett (17.4) and senior guard Derek Renner (17.1).
"We need to try and slow down their top guys and limit them to one chance when they have the ball," Sheets said. "There an all-around good team, so defensively we're going to have to come ready to play.
"We're going to also need to have a good game on the boards if we want to have any chance of winning."
Tip-off for the contest is slated for 5:30 p.m.
The winner will play the Midland Trail/Tucker County winner Friday at 7:15 p.m.