CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Last season, the Capital girls basketball team won 14 games, finishing with the most successful season since 2007.
Despite losing two of their top players to graduation, Cougars Coach B.J. Calabrese has a senior-laden team, and is hoping to build off the momentum from last year.
"With the success we had last year, the girls returning have carried that over," Calabrese said. "Being able to win some games and with things working out for us last year, it makes the girls feel even more confident."
Calabrese returns five seniors, including two returning starters in Katie Crowder and Bri Harris. Three other seniors have also seen extensive time over the years: Khadijah Lee, Tatiyana Wood and Nautika Carter.
"We are a senior-dominated team this year with five seniors we are really counting on," Calabrese said. "They are working really hard right now. They are our leaders and are helping the younger girls out."
Among the seniors, Crowder, a 5-foot-4 inside player, and Bri Harris, a 5-5 power forward, started last year, and Calabrese is expecting big things them.
"Katie can play the wing or down on the block," Calabrese said. "She is undersized but she is really aggressive. She will get on the court and make the hustle plays. She is a good defender and has a knack for grabbing rebounds.
"Bri is quick and a real good defender. Sometimes she is matched down inside and other times we put her on the point guard or shooting guard. She has the aggressive defensive mentality we like. She does a good job of denying the ball into the hands of the better players."
The other returning starter from last year is sophomore India Hairston, a 5-6 utility player.