CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Another year and another new girls basketball coach at Nitro High School.
Since longtime coach Scott Tinsley stepped down in 2008, the Wildcats have gone through a list of coaches long enough that it takes the fingers on both hands to count them.
Meanwhile, last year's wins - three - can be counted on one.
Last year's team lost four players to injuries during the season and finished 3-20 under former highly successful Sissonville coach Annette Olenchick, who stepped down after just one season.
Will Samuels, a teacher, steps in and will try to bring stability to the program after coaching at South Charleston Middle School, where his team was Kanawha County runner-up the last two years.
"We are returning six players," Samuels said. "They're working hard and are really confident."
One reason for the bright outlook is the way last season ended up.
The Wildcats led most of their sectional game against St. Albans before a last second 3-pointer sent the contest to overtime with Nitro eventually losing 41-38.
Nitro had eight players available for that game and only six played before they ran out of gas. This season, the numbers are up and so is the health of the team members.
Leading the optimistic Wildcats is sophomore Savannah Shamblin, who led the team in scoring last season.