CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Playing against South Charleston amounts to a stealth game. You never quite know where the danger's coming from.
The Black Eagles, top-ranked among West Virginia Class AAA teams, have overwhelmed opponents so far, winning 13 of 14 games with an approach that leans heavily on team defense and less on individual offensive heroics.
SC sports just one player with a double-figure scoring average - sophomore forward A.D. Cunningham (15.7 points per game) - but never lacks a supporting cast.
Eight different Black Eagles have reached double figures in scoring in at least one game so far this season - Cunningham (high of 30 points), Devyn Harris (21), Rashaud Kincaid (17), Hunter Moles (17), Brandon Knapper (16), Neal Brown (13), Trevond Reese (12) and Tre Clark (10).
Someone's always filling it up for SC - which has received 33 double-figure scoring efforts in 14 contests - but it varies from game to game because with the Black Eagles' trademark pressure defense forcing turnovers and runouts the other way, it might be any of 10 players doing the damage.
"It could be anybody's night any night,'' said Harris, who knocked in 20 points in Tuesday's 66-46 win at No. 7 Huntington, draining five 3-pointers.
"We're a team. We share the ball a lot, and coach envies that. He talks about it all the time - how much we share the ball.''
Cunningham has reached double figures in 10 of 13 games, but if he's having an off night, it's little worry. In fact, in SC's five games against state AAA teams that have been ranked this season (Princeton, George Washington, Huntington, Hurricane and Woodrow Wilson), Cunningham has scored only 40 points.
Harris said SC's players don't care who the hero turns out to be from one night to the next.
"No, we're a family,'' he said, "That's the most important thing with our team. We've got a lot of seniors and we've grown up playing together all our lives. All we talk about is family. So we're going to do our best to keep striving for a state championship.''
Making South Charleston's lend-a-hand approach all the most impressive is the fact that it lost a potential all-state player last fall - junior guard and two-year starter Jon Elmore now attends Christ School in Arden, N.C. - and another possible starter, Cai Carena, transferred to George Washington.
Favor for a friend
Nitro's Hunter Ferrari can't be out there on the playing floor alongside his best friend and senior teammate, Sam Neff, who on Jan. 15 suffered a season-ending knee injury in a game at Woodrow Wilson.