CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The seven victories collected last season by the Riverside girls basketball program matched the seven it won during 2011-12 campaign.
But for Riverside Coach Scott Garretson, the quality of the team's play outweighed the quantity of its wins.
"Our games last season were a lot more competitive than they've been in the past," said Garretson, who will enter his ninth season with the program, and second as head coach. "There were a lot of games that would have been a 20- to 30-point loss in the past against some of the higher-ranked teams that were more like a 10- to 12-point loss last year.
"We were in every game and we were never blown out from the start like in the past. I felt like we competed well in almost every game we played every single night. There was rarely a game where we were really overmatched, which we had seen quite a few times in the past."
The Warriors also won a sectional contest for the first time in more than 10 years.
Garretson hopes the program continues its upswing as the team reassembles for the out-of-season coaching period.
So far, Garretson, whose team returns at least its top six players, likes what he's seen.
"We played in the George Washington Shootout and we finished 2-1, which felt good to get those two wins," he said. "The best thing about those wins were that we only had two of our returning starters present for that tournament."
Senior Rachael Mills didn't play in the tournament due to a leg injury, senior LaMontica Burger was out of town, and senior Sheree Clayborn is uncertain whether she wants to return to the team.
"We were playing that tournament with a lot of new girls, which is encouraging," Garretson said.