CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For most people, a new year gives hope for a promising future.
Such is the case for the Nitro and Riverside girls basketball teams in 2013, and for the next couple seasons as well.
Sophomore Savannah Shamblin scored a game-high 24 points, including eight points in the fourth quarter, in helping Nitro escape with a 58-55 home victory over Riverside (3-8).
The Wildcats (5-3) overcame a big game from Riverside sophomore Brittany Wood, who finished with 23 points, 22 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Riverside's Sheree Clayborn held Shamblin - a point guard - to just 11-for-30 shooting, but Shamblin came up big when she needed to, including a mid-range jumper with 46 seconds remaining and Nitro clinging to a one-point lead.
"Savannah had the hot hand, hit a couple shots down the wire, and that was the difference in the game," Nitro first-year Coach Will Samuel said. "It was huge. That's the type of player she is. She hit the big one for us.
"She doesn't want to lose. It's her will to win. It's more than anything I've ever seen, honestly, even when I played in high school. She refuses to lose. That's Savannah."
Meanwhile, Wood, a center, scored 15 of her 22 points in the second half, on seven-for-eight shooting. With Riverside trailing 37-26 in the second quarter, Wood scored 15 of her team's next 16 points, including all 11 points in the third.