The Wildcats started off missing their first 15 shots and finished with 19.4 percent shooting. Nitro also committed 20 turnovers.
"Scott James had a great game plan,'' said Nitro coach Will Samuel. "I felt like we'd figure out a way to beat it, but our girls didn't execute.
"We tried to adjust and get [Shamblin] off the top of the floor, but when I did that, it seemed St. Albans got a lot of turnovers. I was at a loss of ideas to free her up. We're at a really low point in our season right now. We've got to figure out a way to get back on track.''
Nitro junior forward Tiffany Reavis landed 17 rebounds to go along with six points.
SA was on the fringe of the AAA top 10 this week, first among schools receiving votes with seven.
"We're going to get into the meat of our schedule soon and I think we're definitely ready,'' said Wilson. "[The win over Nitro is] going to give us a lot of confidence going into some of the tougher games. I feel like we proved we can beat anybody.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.