Spring Valley was playing its first state tournament game since 2003, a year after Capital made its last showing among the state's final eight. The Cougars upset previously undefeated and defending state champion Greenbrier East in a Region 3 co-final last week to reach the State Tournament.
Calabrese said the momentum swing of the second quarter was costly to his team's mental approach.
"You looked at the scoreboard and we're up three and it's late in the quarter and you're thinking 'Let's just finish the quarter strong' and you're going to go in with a lead," he said. "We made a few mistakes on both ends that I thought really, really cost us and suddenly you look and we're down six, down eight."
Spring Valley's ability to put the pedal down in the third was still the deciding factor, Calabrese said.
"Still, we were still in reasonably good shape. I come out in the third quarter and our press break really hurt us. We knew where we wanted to get the ball, we just made some mistakes and didn't necessarily get the ball to where we wanted."
Kelly was the biggest reason for that, since she was essentially everywhere. When the Cougars could get past the T-wolves pressure they couldn't often convert. Spring Valley outscored Capital 50-24 in the paint.
Spring Valley scored 26 points off 27 Capital turnovers.
"We just needed to our hands on some balls," said Morris, who also pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.
Kelly's assist total was one shy of the single-game Class AAA tournament record held by Fairmont Senior's Jessica Parker.
Capital senior Keke Walker led the Cougars with 25 points while Khadijah Lee added 17.
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