Starting center Brad Grose sat out the game after injuring his knee in practice on Wednesday, and forward Bryce Goldsmith started but went only 17 minutes. That left the Cougars playing five guards most of the way.
"We did a terrible job on the boards,'' said Capital coach Carl Clark. "Their big kid outrebounded our whole team. Grose is our best rebounder, but when the kids take off running, trying to get to the other end of the floor instead of fighting for the rebound, it's going to be tough.''
Clark has bemoaned the fact that his team is way behind on its number of games and lacking on practice time because of the unusually heavy dose of cold weather, snow and even a water crisis that shut down Kanawha Valley schools.
"Like I've said before, we were just raggedy,'' Clark said. "We have no continuity, and we don't execute things that we're supposed to do. It makes for a tough situation. If we did what we're supposed to, it wouldn't be as bad. If the kids don't function as a team, we'll lose.''
Morris led Capital with 25 points and nine steals as the Cougars' pressure defense forced an astounding 33 turnovers. However, Capital couldn't manage to shoot close enough to the basket or well enough from 3-point range for it to make a difference.
Capital shot just 36 percent overall and went 5 of 28 on 3s.
Jordan Kinney and Aalik Harris added 13 points apiece for Capital. Kinney and Tyrell Davis each donated six assists.
For Lewis County, Nichols added 15 points (with three 3s), Moran 11 and Skyler Carlton 10.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.