CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Capital's Dashia Foster is starting to feel right at home.
The sophomore who transferred from four-time defending Class A state champion St. Joseph gave the host Cougars a lift off the bench in a come-from-behind 51-40 victory Tuesday over St. Albans. A crowd of about 100 attended the Class AAA Mountain State Athletic Conference matchup.
Fosther, who turned in seven points, 10 rebounds and a block, also filled a void left by starting guard Khadijah Lee, who pumped in 27 points in Capital's opening win at Hurricane last week. Lee was out because of disciplinary reasons.
"This is my first year here so I really wanted to help the team,'' said the 6-foot Foster, whose play under the basket allowed the Cougars to enjoy a 45-18 edge off the boards. "At first I really didn't know if I was going to do well. I really don't do that a lot.''
"Dashia brings some things we absolutely have to have,'' said Capital coach B.J. Calabrese. "If we continue to get good guard play, that'll certainly help us. In the past we've really been a guard-oriented team. Now we feel like we have a little more of a post presence.''
Keke Walker picked up the scoring slack with 16 points and added seven rebounds for the Cougars (2-0) while Tatiyana Wood pitched in 11 points and Briana Harris had 12 rebounds.
Katie Crowder added eight points, eight boards and four steals and India Hairston came up with five steals as the Cougars finished with 14 steals, turning many of those into easy baskets in the third quarter when they gained control.
Katelyn Propst scored on a driving layup and Torri Wilson knocked down two free-throw attempts as SA scored the first four points of the third period and built on its halftime edge to take a 20-14 lead. Capital turned up the heat on defense and forced the Red Dragons (1-2) into eight turnovers to fuel a 26-8 run the rest of the quarter to go ahead 40-28 heading into the final period.
"About a six-minute stretch in the third quarter we refused to box out,'' said SA coach Scott James. "[Capital was] getting two, three, four opportunities every time down the floor. They physically whipped us. They just outworked us. We've got to be more physical.''
SA closed to 49-40 after Capital began rushing shots and committing turnovers in the last three minutes, but the Red Dragons ran out of time and the Cougars prevailed.
Breanna Propst scored a game-high 17 points and added nine rebounds and was the only player in double figures for the Red Dragons.
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