Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

GIRLS BASKETBALL ; Sissonville Holds off Poca 50-37

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

GIRLS BASKETBALL ; Sissonville Holds off Poca 50-37

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POCA - Defending Class AA state champion Sissonville had an odd start to its season, playing seven games across nearly a month, with three of those contests played out of state, making it hard for the Indians to settle into a rhythm. For large portions of Tuesday's game at Poca, the No. 5 Indians showed signs of that lack of rhythm, primarily in hitting just 5 of 30 shots from the floor in the first half while clinging to a 19-16 lead.

But the Indians (5-2) issued a reminder of their capabilities in the third period, scoring 18 points and finally gaining some cushion as they held off a rapidly improving Poca team 50-37.

"This start of this season, we can't get any rhythm because we play a game, go two weeks without playing, then play three straight days and then seven days off again, Sissonville coach Rich Skeen said. "We shot the ball horrible. It was the whole game, wasn't just the first half.

"We've got two and three games a week now, so hopefully we'll get better.

Karli Pinkerton helped sustain Sissonville in the first half, scoring 13 of the Indians' 19 points. She finished with a game-best 16.

The Dots (4-5) used a 10-0 run in the second period to seize a 16- 12 lead before a Mikayla Long 3-pointer and four Pinkerton foul shots gave Sissonville its halftime edge.

Poca continued to hang around throughout most of the second half, and a basket from Aubrey Chandler midway through the third brought Poca within four at 27-23.

Madison Jones got into the act, sparking a 10-0 run to complete the quarter and put Sissonville on top 37-23 heading into the fourth.

Brooke Reed scored all four of her points during that stretch for the Indians but, as has become the norm for Reed, her presence was felt everywhere as she snagged a game-high 14 rebounds and blocked three shots to help secure the interior.

Reed, a senior along with Jones and Pinkerton, has done a bulk of the dirty work for the Indians over the last three years, and though opposing coaches will be glad to see Jones and Pinkerton go, many have taken note of Reed's impact on the game, including Poca's Kenny Sayre. …

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