CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After winning 14 games last season the Capital High girls basketball team has continued to build on that success with a 2-1 start.
Defense has played a big part for the Cougars.
"Defensively, we're putting five out there who we think can defend anybody," Capital Coach B.J. Calabrese said.
The Cougars so far have allowed an average of 46.6 points per game, with wins over Hurricane and St. Albans and a 49-31 loss Saturday at Logan.
"It was one of those games where we just couldn't get over the hump," Calabrese said. "It was really disappointing."
Capital trailed by just four points just before halftime.
"They hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to go up seven but we thought we were still okay if we could just come out and score a couple of times right after halftime," Calabrese said. "But they scored the first few of the second half and we could never catch up."
Another big help this year had been former St. Joe player Dashia Foster.
"She comes off the bench for us right now and is averaging about six points but is in double figures in rebounds," Calabrese said. "She wasn't with us this summer, so she is still trying to feel confident with the girls."
The 6-footer gives the Cougars something they have sorely lacked in recent years - height.
"Right now, we have three girls around 6-foot," Calabrese said. "That's something I haven't had in the past and in the (Mountain State Athletic Conference) you need that size."
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CALABRESE IS in his sixth season as head coach at Capital, making him one of the longest tenured girls basketball coaches in the area this year.
Herbert Hoover's Greg Ullman and Winfield's Tim Toler are both in the fifth season with their programs. George Washington's Jamie LaMaster is in his ninth season and Scott James is the longest serving coach, in his 10th year running the St. Albans' program.