"Finally I was happy with a game,'' said Samuel, who couldn't help but smile himself. "We played the whole game defensively like we wanted to. The only thing we weren't shoring up was boxing out and rebounding and once we got that, we did a really good job. The second half, we played the best half we have all year.''
Junior Hannah Linville added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals for Nitro and junior Tiffany Reavis, who transferred from Capital after last season, pitched in seven points and eight boards. Wildcats senior Bethany Hill donated six points and five caroms and senior Halie Miller totaled six points, three rebounds and two steals.
The Wildcats began the game hot and stayed that way, converting 52.8 percent of their shots from the floor.
"We just keep playing harder and harder each game,'' Shamblin said. "Now that we're undefeated, we just want to keep going. It's awesome to be undefeated.''
Gray netted 22 points, knocking down four 3s for Capital (3-7), and was the team's only player to score in double figures. The Cougars hit just 26.5 percent from the field.
"Got off to a terrible start,'' said Capital coach B.J. Calabrese, who after advancing to the state tournament last year had to replace seven of his top nine players. "I've never called a timeout in the first 30 seconds.
"You knock [the deficit] down to seven at the half and we're talking about the mistakes we were making and how to correct them and after we get the first basket of the third quarter, the wheels fall off. You just have to consistently execute. We'll execute one or two possessions, then the next couple of possessions we don't.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.