James said he is excited about what this group can accomplish. Red Dragons sophomore forward Breanna Propst is the fifth-leading scorer in the Mountain State Athletic Conference. Others have shown flashes, with double-digit outbursts from junior guard Kaitlynn Propst, freshman guard Tori Wilson and sophomore Addison Oliver.
"When these girls put four quarters together, they'll compete with anybody they play,'' he said. "It's something we're continuing to work on.
"I'm excited about the opportunity when they do. I look out there at times and we have three freshmen on the floor. We've played really well at times, but we've go to put four quarters together.''
Guts and guile
Greenbrier East has struggled at times this season after two starters from last year's AAA state championship squad decided not to return.
The Spartans (13-0), though, have persevered and find themselves undefeated and No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.
"These kids found a way,'' said East coach Jim Justice, who is also The Greenbrier resort owner. "That's all there is to it. The first day I came to practice I said, 'My gosh, we may not win five or six games.' These kids have dug in and they've been just determined.
"Now, are we going to go undefeated? I absolutely do not think that at all. Can we make a run? These kids have got a lot of effort, a lot of grit and a lot of passion. It's amazing, flat amazing, for these kids to be the No. 1 team in the state four weeks in a row. It's a real tribute to them.''
Crystal ball gazing
The picture for the Mountain State Athletic Conference Night of Champions is starting to come into focus.
George Washington and Princeton are the only teams in the East Division without a loss, while Huntington and Spring Valley are unblemished in the West Division.
The Tigers visit the Patriots this week, while the Timberwolves host the Highlanders on Monday. The winners of those games will likely meet in the conference title game Feb. 16 at the South Charleston Community Center, while the losers will play in the second-place game.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.