CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Riverside sophomore guard Josh Butcher catches a pass on the perimeter and flips a shot that goes through for a 3-pointer.
The next time down the floor, Butcher takes a pass in the opposite corner and hits another 3.
This would happen two more times in the first half as part of the Warriors' second consecutive victory to start the 2012-13 season, 58-52 over St. Albans in Quincy on Friday night.
The lanky guard isn't going to do much more offensively than hit long-range shots, but he has used two games to earn a decent living doing just that.
Butcher is part of a resurgent Warriors team that hopes to take its place among State Tournament candidates during a season that the Kanawha Valley doesn't appear to have overwhelming star power.
"We have a lot of scorers," Butcher said. "I might score 20 one game and I might score five the next game. We all pick up one another."
In two games for second-year Coach Dusty Herscher's team, Butcher has made 11 field goals, which includes nine 3-pointers.
Butcher leads the Warriors in scoring with a 17.5 points per game average.
His 10th-grade exuberance is supplemented by the experience of point guard Marcus Reed, who is second on the team in scoring with 17 points per game.
Reed is a four-year starter and on his second coach. He has endured what has been instability in the Riverside boys basketball program since the midway point of the 2007-08 season.
The Warriors were 3-6 when former Coach Tom Watkins called it quits that year and Danny Hill finished the season in which Riverside had a 7-16 record.
In 2008, Riverside finished a paltry 5-18 under Coach Duane Estep, who resigned at the conclusion of the season.
In 2009, the future looked bright - and stable - when former Matewan standout and George Washington assistant David Starr accepted the head coaching position. Two seasons and a 10-36 record, Starr resigned and went back to the GW staff.