Tamar Lawson added 11 points and eight rebounds for Riverside, which matched Capital off the boards at 37-all. Quan Brock had nine points and seven rebounds and Carpenter eight points and nine boards.
Capital coach Carl Clark said he was concerned even when his team held leads as large as 35-23 in the second quarter.
"We got a lead,'' Clark said, "but we got a lead by just being in our own gym and making some shots, but we weren't playing well. We were raggedy the whole night, and it showed that we were lacking continuity by not being able to practice.''
Kanawha County teams aren't permitted to practice when classes are called off, and students have attended school just three days so far this month.
Morris tallied 13 points for Capital, about nine below his average, and Bryce Goldsmith had eight boards and a team-high seven rebounds.
Kinney scored 16 of the Cougars' 21 first-quarter points, many on floaters in the lane. He's boosted his scoring average from 5.7 points after three games to 13.1.
"We've been on him to take the ball to the basket,'' Clark said, "and he's finally been doing it the last three, four games.''
Clark said his team's changing defenses also helped salvage the day.
"Every time we changed,'' he said, "I think we were able to get something from the defensive change, but it wasn't anything that was lasting. The last thing we said going into our matchups with our guards was, 'Put pressure on the ball.' I think that helped us. We just didn't execute the things we needed to execute to get away from those guys. They've got a lot of athletes that can run and jump and shoot, and that kept them in the ballgame.''
Carter said he doesn't believe in moral victories, but realizes his team took a step in the right direction.
"Coming into the game, I knew that we could play them,'' Carter said. "For the most part, we played well tonight. We have a lot of room to improve, but I can finally say I'm proud of the way our kids played tonight.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.