Girls basketball: St. Joe transfer leads Capital in win
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Last season, the inside presence for the Capital girls basketball team was practically nonexistent.
This year, though, is much different, giving Coach B.J. Calabrese and the Capital guards something they have rarely seen before.
Aided by St. Joseph transfer Dashia Foster, the Cougars newly found post game was in full effect when Capital pulled away for a 51-40 home victory over St. Albans on Tuesday.
A sophomore, Foster came off the bench to grab 11 rebounds, including seven in a huge third quarter that saw Capital erase a six-point deficit and turn it into a 12-point lead entering the fourth.
Led by Foster's dominance on the boards, Capital out-rebounded St. Albans 48-17. Briana Harris also added 11 rebounds, and Crowder added seven.
"Dashia gives us a very good post presence," Calabrese said. "We love her size. She can finish things down inside, has a nice mid-range jump shot, and can use her left hand. She is really good fundamentally. She brings us what we absolutely have to have."
St. Albans Coach Scott James was equally impressed with the play of Foster, but disappointed in his team's inability to keep Capital off the boards.
"(Foster) came in off the bench and did a really nice job," James said. They physically whipped us. We refused to block out and they were getting two, three, or four opportunities every time. I don't care how big they are, we have to be more physical. That's what beat us."
Calabrese said he anticipated that rebounding would play a pivotal role.
"I scouted them last week and I really felt rebounding would be the key to the game," Calabrese said. "I thought we would be able to block out, grab some rebounds, and get breakaways. You're not going to get them if you can't rebound and tonight it was huge."
Having Foster and her inside presence is a lot different than what Calabrese and the Cougars are used to.
"In the past, we have been a guard-oriented team," Calabrese said. "Now we feel like we have more of a post presence. We have three girls at 6-foot tall. It's different for me, and more importantly, it's a little more different for our guards. In the past, we would look inside and see a player 5-5."
Foster is a welcomed addition to Capital after transferring from St. Joe, where she was the starting center for the Class A state champion Irish last season.
"Playing for St. Joe, a team that was very successful, is really important," Calabrese said. "She has been there and done that, and played with really good players previously. She wasn't with us in the summer or fall, so she is still relatively new to our players. She is really important for us."
Foster was happy with her performance, and is adjusting well to her new role with her new team.
"This is my first year here and I really want to help the team," Foster said. "At first I didn't know if was going to do well but I did I guess. It was really good."