"That was one of the best games I think we played this season,'' said Jones. "The other three games this week were definitely not our best. I think [the win over Grafton] got our confidence up and made us realize how much potential we have.''
"We're just going to work to get better,'' added Pinkerton. "We were a little nervous at first, but we knew some people had to step up for us to be able to win. Morgan Harrison [a midfielder] played defense and she's never played that before.''
Jones now has a Kanawha Valley-leading 34 goals while Pinkerton has chipped in 30, which is third-best in Kanawha and Putnam counties.
"We've played with each other since we were real little,'' said Pinkerton of the scoring combination.
"I think [scoring the goals] has a lot to do with Mary [Schmeck] and Taylor, too,'' Jones said. "They set us both up a lot.''
Grafton has been finding its way with a young lineup, which features 13 freshmen and seven sophomores.
"We struggled coming out,'' said Bearcats coach Lorraine Isner. "We were flat and we just weren't aggressive to the ball and gave [Sissonville] opportunities. They're very patient. They look to find the right combination. We have some growing to do.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.