CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If there is anything Riverside Coach Scott Garretson wants to see out of his team, it is improvement.
Coming off a 7-18 season, he is counting on experience and leadership to get his girls basketball team over the hump.
"I'm excited about it," he said. "We have a lot of returning players. It's pretty much last year's team now back with a year of experience or two. I feel like I don't want to say it's now or never, but with this group of kids, is their time to make a little bit of noise.
"I think if we have games like last year - we were close in a lot - I think if we make some improvements and shoot a little bit better, we'll win some of those games this year."
The returning players from last season will give Riverside a tentative starting lineup of four seniors -- Kara Knapp, Rachael Mills, Sheree Harris and LaMontica Burger -- and junior Brittany Wood.
Wood averaged 16.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per game for the Warriors last season.
"Wood is our returning All-County player," Garretson said. "She was third team All-State. I expect her to pick up where she left off. She's got all the tools."
The rest of the lineup has some tools as well.
"Kara has gotten a million time better, and Rachel will give you 20 (points) a night," Garretson said. "LaMonitca will step up and dominate a game. She's also like a 6-foot post player. She has her moments. Sheree is very athletic. They all have their strengths. Bring them all together on the same night and make some shots and play some defense, I think we can compete with anybody."
With the returning experience on the floor for Garretson, the Warriors will use that to turn close losses last season into wins this season.