SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- Sissonville's players weren't satisfied after Saturday evening's 66-36 season-opening victory over Nicholas County and that's a good thing.
Sophomore guard Madison Jones scored 25 points and transfer Brittany Gould fit in seamlessly with 19 as the Indians zoomed past the Grizzlies. A crowd of about 400 attended the Class AA matchup of preseason state-ranked teams at Sissonville High School, the first game on school's new court.
Sophomore guard Karli Pinkerton added 10 points for the Indians, who were fifth in the Associated Press preseason poll.
Jones connected on 10 of 21 shots, including 5 of 11 from 3-point range, and chipped in four rebounds and seven steals to power Sissonville's pressure defense, which forced 24 turnovers and didn't allow a Nicholas player to hit double figures.
Gould, who came in from Clay County after earning Class AA third-team all-state honors last season while averaging 21.3 points per game, made 6 of 12 shots and 7 of 9 at the free-throw line with eight boards Saturday. The 5-foot-8 senior guard helped the Indians get off to a hot start, netting eight points in the opening quarter as they took a commanding 17-5 lead.
"It was a really good feeling,'' said Gould, who guided Clay to the state quarterfinals last season. "I love the girls and we get along good. I think we have a shot to go a long way. We played sloppy tonight. I'm really excited. I think it's going to be a good season.''
The Indians, though, got into foul trouble early and several times were in the wrong defense, which led to the Grizzlies gaining some offensive momentum, and finished with 20 turnovers.
"I think we played pretty good, but we can still play a lot better,'' said Jones. "You get a 30-point win and we know we can play better than that.''
That chorus of dissatisfaction from the Indians is music to coach Rich Skeen's ears after seeing his talented team fall in last season's sectional semifinals.