"We knew if our guards didn't step up and play good defense then they would burn us up,'' Barker said. "We won the game by boxing out and getting rebounds. That's how they beat us last time; they outrebounded us.''
Gould, who leads the team with 21.7 points per game, made just 5 of 17 shots for 14 points and added five boards. Panthers sophomore post Bethany Young contributed eight points and 10 caroms while freshman forward Emily Wynn added eight points.
Sissonville never found its shooting touch Wednesday, finishing at 25 percent (14 of 56), including a 5-of-31 effort in the second half. The Indians made only 1 of 15 shots from long range.
"How many of them were point blank?'' asked Sissonville coach Rich Skeen. "That's what the coaches talked about the last few days, how are we going to handle the situation. [Clay] was more physical than us. Just all those things combined. Our girls never quit, just couldn't get a break here or there.''
Pinkerton finished with 15 points, eight boards and four assists for Sissonville and Jones had 11 points. Indians freshman post Brooke Reed contributed six points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.
The Indians are still full of potential with Jones, Pinkerton and Reed returning along with sophomore starter Taylor Rhodes. Also, junior Mariah Youngblood, who tallied six points Wednesday, is the top substitute off the bench.
"The future is bright, but we've got to work'' Skeen said. "We've got to get stronger and we've got to get better.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.