Keke Allen got into some foul trouble. As far as adversity is concerned, that's about the only problem South Charleston had to overcome on Tuesday night.
The Class AAA No. 1 Black Eagles rolled behind 28 points from Brittany Gordon as they pasted visiting Huntington 81-44.
Trailing 4-2 early, South Charleston went on a 10-0 run and was never threatened again.
But coaches like to nitpick, and Black Eagles coach Gary Greene certainly saw some things he would like to correct, starting with 22 turnovers, including eight in the first quarter.
"We didn't start out very smooth at all today," Greene said. "The turnover situation is something we've been addressing in practice. We turned it over quite a bit against Ripley. But the style of we play is kind of hectic at times and we haven't used the greatest judgment, so we have a lot of work to do.
"I'm proud of the kids' effort tonight. That Huntington team is a pretty good team. If we correct some things and get some of our young kids some experience, I think we'll play pretty well later on."
Whatever ball handling issues SC experienced early it made up for, forcing 23 turnovers of its own and making the Highlanders pay consistently on the other end.
Meanwhile, No. 7 Huntington couldn't buy a bucket, shooting just 30 percent from the floor, including 1-of-14 from 3-point range. The Highlanders made the state title game two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but after losing starters Talequia Hamilton and Kiki Smith, have started 2-2 and seem to be trying to find their way.
Coach Lonnie Lucas said it will take some time for this year's squad to gather its footing.
"We're going to be all right. There aren't many people feeling sorry for us," Lucas said. "It just takes a while. We knew it was going to be a long way of getting started. We had South Charleston here and we have North Marion Saturday and I've been looking forward to this week. You're only going to get better when your peers show you how bad you are."
If anyone can relate to the heartbreak of Huntington's back-to-back runner-up finishes, it's the Black Eagles, who have done the same over the past two seasons.