"We're still a little rusty on offense. You're starting to see Emily come out of it and go to the basket at times. All in all I think it was a pretty good trip. Just getting Colleen and Emily back on the court is a bonus for us. We were going through the motions the last two or three games and I think we kind of found it a little bit. Hopefully we'll build on that.''
Sissonville's Jones finished with 18 points but shot just 5 of 25 overall and 2 of 10 on 3-pointers. She was the only Sissonville player in double figures.
"We weren't ourselves,'' said Sissonville coach Rich Skeen. "That sickness, we've had it for three weeks now. We had three girls just sicker than dogs.
"That's no excuse, you've got to play through it. They have been. It didn't seem like our team out there. We didn't have that extra gear. Maybe we learned something from it and we'll get better.''
The young Indians, who sport three freshmen and a sophomore in the starting lineup, have racked up some impressive wins so far against AA No. 4 Clay County, Scott, which has played in the AA state title game the last three years, and Class A No. 8 Valley.
"I think we've got so many young girls and it's a long season,'' said the Indians coach. "They've never played this long. You're just getting over that hump and they're learning and finding out what it's about. The sky's still the limit. We're still OK.''
McCormick and her teammates hope battling through the injuries and playing tough opponents on the road will be a formula to get back to the Civic Center in March to battle for another state title.
"We got to see some good competition [this weekend],'' she said. "It's a good experience playing on Friday and waking up on Saturday. It helps you prepare for what's down the road. We're here to play and we're here to win. We'll see. We're getting better every single game.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.