CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Nitro-Riverside girls basketball game on Tuesday night featured two of the top individual players in the state.
Nitro is led by junior point guard Savannah Shamblin and Riverside counters with junior center Brittany Wood - both of whom were first team members of the Daily Mail's 2012-13 All-Kanawha Valley team.
The Wildcats are proving they are much more than just Shamblin, and that was on full display in their 60-34 verdict over the Warriors at East Bank Middle School. The game, originally scheduled for Riverside High School, was moved because of the water emergency.
The victory improves Nitro - the only remaining unbeaten team in the Valley - to 7-0.
"We might not be the best team in the state but I think as of right now, we should be the proudest from where we came the last couple years to where we are now," Nitro coach Will Samuel said. "I couldn't be more happier. It is really something to be proud of.
"It is one of my proudest moments in a group of people I have ever witnessed. We didn't have a great summer. If you look at our bench, we only have nine girls. In practice, I have to have the assistant coach play just to fill a scrimmage. It's really tough."
Nitro senior Halie Miller has been through the ups and downs with the program, and is enjoying this season of ups.
"It is an honor and we have worked really hard for this," Miller said. "We have come really far and are a growing group. Props to coach (Samuel), who has stuck around and been there for us."
In the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Nitro won three games combined, but in Samuel's first season as Wildcat coach last year, the team doubled the number of wins combined with a 12-12 record.
Shamblin entered the Riverside game Tuesday as the leading scorer in Kanawha and Putnam County at 22 points per game but was held to just 10 against the Warriors due to an inspiring defensive effort from Sheree Harris.