CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The St. Albans High School girls basketball team won more games last season than it had in any of Coach Scott James' first nine years.
While victories matter, the one the Red Dragons want the most is that one in the regional co-final which would vault them into the State Tournament.
That's the goal for St. Albans, which opens the season Dec. 7 at Greenbrier East, the 2012 Class AAA state champion.
"Last year, we knew we could get there," said James, the Daily Mail's 2013 Kanawha Valley Coach of the Year. "Did I expect that coming in? I knew there was a chance. Expectations this year are a little bit higher."
The Red Dragons finished 14-11 last season, the most James has had since he took over in 2003. The year before his arrival, St. Albans finished 0-23, but reached 13 victories in 2007-08 and matched that number in 2010-11.
James' team came up short in its quest for a State Tournament spot, failing to recover from a 20-9 deficit in the first quarter in losing to Logan 57-46 in the Region 4 co-final.
Leading the way for the Red Dragons is the team's only senior, guard Kaitlynn Propst. Propst is taking on more of a leadership role this year.
"It's a lot of pressure being the only senior," Propst said. "Like (Tuesday), we were trying to get team pictures taken. We were having some giggles and things like that and I got flustered and told them, 'You all need to calm down or we're not even going to do this.' Then coach came in and said the same thing.
"We got on the court and they were still doing it, so I told them, 'Get all your stuff together or tomorrow's going to be one tough practice. I'll put the balls up myself and we'll just run.' They didn't like that too well."
Propst has some help on the floor that includes sophomore point guard Torri Wilson. Wilson averaged 9.3 points as a freshman, but also averaged 4.7 assists.