Black Knights bring back plenty of experience

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(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Last season, the Charlottesville girls basketball team came within one game of clinching a state tournament berth for a second straight season. The Black Knights did that with just two upperclassmen.

Before the Black Knights season came to an end at Byrd High School in the region semifinals, Charlottesville tied for the Jefferson District regular season title and finished second in the district tournament.

"Competition is always going to be hard regardless," said junior guard Camiyah Brown. "We can never give up. And that we've always got to play to our full potential and don't let up on teams. Because they might not be as good as us, but they still might have the heart."

"We've just always got to play as a team," sophomore guard Kasey Lamb added, "keep up that momentum going into this season obviously and just keep working our hearts off and hearts out."

That postseason experience looks to help Charlottesville this season. For the second year in a row, the Black Knights have just one senior, and return nine players from last season's team.

"Our girls, from the first day, have wanted to talk states," head coach Jim Daly said.

"We've tried to talk, make the conversations more about are we competing at a championship level day to day. If we do that every day from now until then, we'll be ready when that question comes."

Charlottesville opens the season Monday night against Harrisonburg.