But on a tough shooting night, St. Albans was finally able to settle down and knock down some free throws, particularly Katelyn Propst who went 8 for 10 in the final eight minutes and finished with a team-high 12 points.
Still, first-year Riverside coach Scott Garretson wasn't totally discouraged by what he saw from his team, especially Wood.
"We'll learn from it," Garretson said. "I was proud of them, I thought we played hard. I'm not about moral victories. I told them, 'moral victories are over, it's time to start winning.' But I will complement them on a hard-fought effort.
"[Wood]'s a great player. I'm very fortunate to have her. As long as we can keep getting her the ball like we want to we can do good things."
A lot of youth was on display as neither team started a senior and St. Albans is made up entirely of freshmen and sophomores save for Propst, who is a junior.
"It's going to be a growth process throughout the year," James admitted. "They did a good job rising to the challenge in the second half tonight."
Freshman Torri Wilson scored 10 points for St. Albans (1-1) while junior Rachel Mills added eight for Riverside.
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