In fairness, the season has been a bit of a struggle early for Capital (2-4), although the Cougars came into Friday having won two of their last three.
Coach Carl Clark declined to comment, but Herscher didn't hesitate to express just how big the win was for Riverside's program.
"They're athletic, they're good, and they have one of the best coaching staffs in the state if not of all time," Herscher said. "It's a historically great program and to beat the name 'Capital,' that's a great win. That team is good. They beat GW the other night who everybody says is down also but these teams will be competing at the end of the year."
Riverside was close to killing the South Charleston/Capital two-headed monster this week, and while no coach or player will admit to moral victories, Reed said he and his team walked away from Thursday's loss a better team.
After Friday's performance, it'd be hard for anyone to argue.
"I think before the [South Charleston] game we might've been a little confident, but we weren't as confident as we were during the game after we got that big lead," Reed said. "I don't think everybody believed that we could actually play with them and I think we showed everybody in the state that we're legit this season."
Brad Grose scored a team-best 14 points for Capital on 7-of-12 shooting while the rest of the team combined for just 14 for 53. The Cougars never led and got no closer than 10 points in the second half.
Tyus Wood scored 12 points for the Warriors and Nick Light chipped in eight points and 13 rebounds.
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