CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston took out another state-ranked team Tuesday night.
Freshman guard Aaliyah Dunham scored 20 points as the Black Eagles built an early lead and cruised to a 56-38 victory over host George Washington. A crowd of about 300 attended the Class AAA Mountain State Athletic Conference matchup.
SC (3-1) knocked off Logan, which was tied for second in the Associated Press Class AAA preseason poll, on Thursday, then disposed of No. 9 GW (0-2).
The Black Eagles, though, are still finding their way with a lineup of two freshmen, one sophomore, one junior and one senior.
That showed up again Tuesday when SC took control in the opening half, leading 38-16 at the break, then was outscored 22-18 in the second half.
"The little things almost caught up with us again,'' said SC coach Gary Greene. "We're looking at quarter by quarter and the first half we looked pretty good.
"The [last] quarter and a half we just didn't play well at all. A lot of young players out there for us, but there's no excuse for that. You can't take a quarter off in this conference. I'm not happy the way we won it. We didn't close it. We didn't finish things off.''
Greene knows what it will take for the Black Eagles to reach the state tournament again. Greene, who took last year off, guided SC to four straight state tournament berths from 2009-12, including a pair of runner-up finishes.
"You go talk to the kids and every one of them will say they played hard, but they sure didn't play smart for 16 minutes,'' said the SC coach. "If we take the [first] 16 minutes and build on it we might be half decent.
"Our guards shot better and we played some pretty good defense. We got extra possessions because of the turnovers we created. As young as we are we made mistakes in the first half, but it's stuff you have to accept. I don't have to accept the third and fourth quarters. We've got a lot of work to do.''
Greene said SC has the type of players that will learn as they go.
"We've got kids that want to come in and work hard every day and get better,'' he said.
The Black Eagles' Dunham knocked down all five of her 3-point attempts and added five rebounds and three assists. SC finished 7 of 12 on long-range shots, but just 38.5 percent (20 of 52) overall.