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The Scott Skyhawks are in the state tournament for the first time in six decades and made the most out of their first round game by beating Point Pleasant 57-38 Thursday afternoon.

The Skyhawks jumped out to a 19-4 lead in the first quarter because of hot shooting, but cooled slightly in the second period to go into the half with a 26-16 lead. Scott shot 50 percent in the first half.

Point Pleasant was able to force 11 turnovers in the first half, but couldn’t convert them to points as they shot just 22 percent from the field. However, things were different in the second half. Pt. Pleasant scored the first ten points of the second half to tie the game.

But, Scott weathered the storm and was able to grow its lead once again. The game was close for much of the third quarter, but the Skyhawks blew it open in the fourth quarter with 21 points in the final period.

Four Skyhawks scored in double figures led by Matt Dolan who scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds. David Ward did record a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Six-foot-seven Justin Harman, Scott’s leading scorer on the season, was often double teamed, but was still able to score 12 points while Jesse Belcher added 11.

Jacob Templeton did his best to keep the Big Blacks in the game, scoring 19 points and pulling down seven rebounds, but Point Pleasant only shot 25 percent from the field and were out-rebounded 45-24.

Scott will now face Poca in the semifinals of the state tournament on Friday at 11:15. The two teams split their two matchups in the regular season with Poca winning 67-63 in Poca on Jan. 4 while the Skyhawks defeated The Dots 70-68 on Senior Night.

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