The junior had 10 of her game-high 20 rebounds in the first quarter. But as the game's pace quickened in subsequent quarters Reavis became less of force.
Much of that could be credited to the play of a pair of St. Albans freshman reserves, Haleigh Legg and Alli Johnson, who were the second and third girls off the bench for the Dragons. They entered as frontcourt starters Katilyn Propst and Cameron Davis drew their second fouls of the game late in the first quarter, and their play helped SA extend its lead to 24-15 by halftime.
Legg was 6-of-9 from the floor, grabbed six rebounds and led all scorers with 15 points.
"We just learned that we had to box out and keep her out of there," Legg said of cutting into Reavis' effectiveness.
"It was the only way we were going to get the ball back," she said.
The loss was Nitro's second in a row after reeling off 10 consecutive wins to open the season. Coach Will Samuel said St. Albans' ability to frustrate Shamblin and manipulate the tempo of the game played against the Wildcats.
"For two years now, Scott James has done a great job of bottling her up," Samuel said. "I felt like we figured out a way to get some shots with shooters that we want to shoot the ball, but our girls didn't go out and execute, at all.
"You've got to trust in your teammates and listen to what I'm saying and they just kind of tuned me out tonight, so we're at a low point in our season," he said.
On the other end of the spectrum, Wilson said the key win over their archrival was just what was needed before her team hits a stretch when it still must play games against Class AAA No. 3 Huntington, No. 5 Spring Valley and others.
"I think our hard work is going to pay off. I think we're going to get into the heat of our schedule here soon and we're definitely ready," Wilson said.
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