"What we didn't have last year was rebounding,'' Samuel said. "We were just killed on the glass. [Reavis has] shored that up for us. She's getting better every game. She's playing smart and staying out of foul trouble and still playing strong down low. It's a big plus.''
"It's a tremendous help,'' added Shamblin. "She's on the glass all the time. She's tremendous. She's improved her post moves a lot.''
Senior center Halie Miller and junior guard Hannah Linville have each contributed three double-figure scoring games, and freshman guard Bethany Linville has two double-digit performances. And in Nitro's 73-49 win Saturday over Parkersburg, senior guard Bethany Hill tallied 18 points.
"More people are starting to get involved in all the games,'' Shamblin said. "I'm getting people involved. It's lot of help. It takes attention away from me. I'm not the only one [opponents] have to worry about stopping. Not as many [double-teams].
"We're making shots now. If [opponents] box-and-one on me, they're leaving someone open to shoot and they've got to get out of it. It makes me feel better about my team.''
The Wildcats' schedule does get increasingly harder with seven of its next nine against teams with winning records.
"This is all scrimmages until sectionals,'' said Samuel. "We have a very tough sectional and regional so we just have to try and get better. We have a lot of room to improve.''
"We have our goal set 12-0 right now,'' Shamblin said. "That would be a really good start.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.