But unlike the Highlanders, this year's squad is loaded experience in addition to talent, led by seniors Gordon, Allen, Angelica Villanueva, Sierra Moore and Alexxis Tunstalle, all starters.
Gordon said taking the next step is the ultimate goal for the team.
"Me and Keke have been here since we were sophomores," Gordon said. "We grew up together playing on the same team. To get to the championship game and lose, it was hard on us. So I told her, 'We've got to get one this year, we've got to work hard, we've got to pick up our team up, and we're going to have to lead our team.' And that's what we're trying to do."
When Allen was in the game, she was a force inside and it was easy to tell the Black Eagles ran more smoothly. Allen ended up with 17 points and a game-high 12 boards.
Allen and Gordon combined on 13-of-23 shooting from the field and 16-of-19 from the foul line.
"Keke is averaging double-doubles for the season so far," Greene said. "She's just strong on the boards. She gets up three times quicker than some kids. And Brittany is quarterbacking the team along with Alexxis Tunstalle. They're alternating running the point some and when Brittany gets her feet under her and dribble penetrates, she's an awfully good player."
Tunstalle also had 17 for South Charleston (3-0).
Abby Steele and Angel Hightower each scored 10 points to pace the Highlanders, and Dominique Gibson pitched in with nine points and nine rebounds.
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