"We did some good things and we did some bad things,'' said Skeen of Saturday's effort. "Five weeks of practice and only one scrimmage and that's what it looked like. We can play better. We've got to tie up some loose ends. Everything we talked about is correctable."
The No. 9 Grizzlies, who lost in last year's state tournament semis, closed to 19-14 midway through the second quarter, but Jones hit a 3 to spark a 7-0 run and restore a double-digit advantage (26-14) with 2:56 left before halftime. The Indians closed out the second period with a Jones' 3 to go up 30-19 at the break.
Sissonville put the game on cruise control in the third quarter with an 11-1 run to finish out the period and seize a 45-23 lead. The Indians' pressure took its toll on the Grizzlies (0-2) as they tallied just four points in the third with eight turnovers.
"In that third quarter, we just tried to get after it,'' said Jones, who, along with Pinkerton and Brooke Reed, led the Indians to the Class AA state soccer championship in November.
Sissonville knocked down 42 percent (23 of 55) of its shots from the field and 8 of 16 on 3s. Nicholas only managed 22.5 percent shooting (11 of 49) and was harassed into 1 of 18 from long range.
Sophomore Amanda King paced the Grizzlies with nine points, but eight came in the final period long after the outcome was decided.
"We've very inexperienced right now, but I feel like we're going to come a great way as the season progresses,'' said Nicholas coach Tom McGirl, who has to replace a first-team all-stater. "I knew we were going to start off kind of tough. We want to grow up under fire.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.