"[It was] the team's defense. We just motivate our team to keep going. If somebody blows past you just yell and we help each other when we're down. We're just doing what we've been doing in practice.''
After opening the season with 27 points in a 62-52 win at Hurricane, Lee sat out the next two games because of disciplinary reasons. Since she returned, the Cougars own a 2-2 mark, but have lost by two points each to South Charleston and Winfield.
"That kind of hurt me,'' said Lee of missing letting her team down. "I was just losing my head and I had to get it back together. This is my senior year. My team was like, 'We need you.' When I came back it just felt great. My team welcomed me like I never left and that made us break through in some games.''
"Her defense and overall hustle has been outstanding,'' Calabrese said. "She really started it in the summer and fall. She's a nonstop bundle of energy for us and we need that. People feed off her and it's kind of contagious and everybody wants to do it. That helps us get steals and layups.''
It has been a tough couple of games for Hurricane (4-4), which was hoping to rebound from a 55-29 loss at two-win Point Pleasant on Saturday. The Redskins made just 10 percent of their shots (5 of 50) Monday, including a 2-of-17 effort on 3-pointers.
Junior guard Abby Watson, who was the second-leading scorer in the MSAC at 23.2 points per game entering this week, tallied just 11 points on 2-of-14 accuracy but did contribute eight rebounds and three steals. Watson was the only Redskin to score in double figures.
"We attacked the basket great in the first half and we stopped that in the second half,'' said Hurricane assistant coach Austin Lowe, who is helping wife and first-year head coach Natasha Lowe. "[Capital] got some fast-break transition on us and we got behind. We started rushing.
"They played a box-and-one and took Abby out of the game. Until we learn to attack the zone and get better movement, it isn't going to get any better. The last three games it's all been whenever [opponents] play a box-and-one or a 1-3 with a chaser. We've got to get better at shooting and making shots from the block. Good things can happen from there.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.