SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- Sissonville's Brittany Gould had a little spring in her step Friday night.
The senior guard scored 17 of her game-high 23 points in the opening half as the host Indians built a big lead in snapping Herbert Hoover's 12-game winning streak with a 68-52 victory. A crowd of about 800 attended the Class AA Cardinal Conference matchup.
Gould, a 5-foot-8 senior transfer from Clay County, netted 11 points in the first quarter to stake Sissonville to a 21-13 advantage, one it would never relinquish. The Indians (13-2) were fifth in this week's Associated Press poll.
"We were ready to play ball,'' said Gould, who was an efficient 10 of 19 from the floor on mostly baseline drives and pull-up jump shots.
"We've had snow days and the water ... we wanted to win because they're our big rival. It was a great win. Everyone stepped up and did their part. This is a good feeling.''
Hoover (13-2), which was playing its fourth game in four days, was only down 30-20 after Hannah King's 3-pointer with 3:55 left in the second period, but the Indians went on a 8-0 run to close out the half and seize a 38-20 bulge.
The rest of Sissonville's lineup caught up to Gould as sophomore guard Karli Pinkerton tallied six straight points during the surge on three straight jump shots.
Hannah Schoolcraft opened the third quarter for the Huskies with a basket, but Sissonville used a 16-3 spurt to put the game away. Indians sophomore guard Madison Jones heated up, tallying eight points, including two 3s, while Pinkerton knocked down a pair of long-range shots.
Jones finished with 22 points and five rebounds for Sissonville while Pinkerton chipped in 21 points, six boards, three assists and three steals. Indians sophomore post Brooke Reed grabbed 13 rebounds.
Sissonville's play just reaffirmed what coach Rich Skeen already knew about his squad.
"You know what you're going to get out of them,'' he said. "They were resilient and they play hard. That's a very good Hoover team.