Six seniors departed and a new coach arrived for the Kingston girls basketball team in 2017. Head Coach Steven Barnett, a 2013 West County graduate, has taken over a seven win squad from 2016 and is poised to determine a new path for Kingston basketball.

He says the Cougars are spending the early part of the year learning and becoming comfortable with one another.

Barnett says it’s been a combination of upper and lower classmen contributing in the first three games.

The first-year head coach says he’s a firm believer in defense wins championships. Because of that philosophy, the tempo the Cougars possess will be an uptick from years past which the coach says will be noticeable.