CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Khadijah Lee and the rest of her Capital teammates are finally beginning to settle into the season.
The senior turned in an all-around floor game with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and seven steals as the host Cougars ran past Hurricane in the second half, winning 62-26. A crowd of about 100 attended the Class AAA Mountain State Athletic Conference matchup.
Keke Walker led Capital (4-3) in scoring with 16 points, hitting four straight 3-pointers and five baskets in a row in the fourth quarter to help fuel a 27-0 game-ending run to blast open a 35-26 game. Walker made 6 of 15 shots, 4 of 7 from 3-point range.
Senior Katie Crowder contributed nine points, nine boards, three assists and one steal while 6-foot-2 sophomore Dashia Foster added eight points, eight boards and three blocks.
After Brooke Crompton's hook shot cut the Redskins' deficit to two points (21-19) about one minute into the third quarter, Capital scored nine straight off defensive pressure for a 30-19 advantage with two minutes to go in the period.
"We really and truly challenged them at halftime and told [our players] the first 31/2 or four minutes of the quarter were going to be crucial,'' said Capital coach B.J. Calabrese. "They're capable of playing defense like that, but we've gone through the last three games where we get really silly. We've gotten smarter.
"I'm really proud of the defensive effort. We only gave up nine points in the second half and I thought we shared the ball a lot better.''
The Cougars, who forced 16 of the Redskins' 22 turnovers in the second half, outscored Hurricane 41-7 from Crompton's basket until the end of the game.
"We just came together as a team and broke out in the second half,'' said Lee, who scored five points after halftime but was nearly everywhere on the floor.