GIRLS BASKETBALL - SISSONVILLE 69, HOOVER 40 ; Sissonville's Jones Was in the Zone; Indians Senior Has Hot Hand, Scores 24 Points in Win over Herbert Hoover

By Taylor, Derek | Charleston Gazette Mail, January 13, 2016 | Go to article overview

GIRLS BASKETBALL - SISSONVILLE 69, HOOVER 40 ; Sissonville's Jones Was in the Zone; Indians Senior Has Hot Hand, Scores 24 Points in Win over Herbert Hoover


Taylor, Derek, Charleston Gazette Mail


Sissonville senior point guard Madison Jones looked sharp in pregame warmups at Herbert Hoover on Tuesday. She was even more impressive once the teams tipped off.

Jones made eight of her first 12 shots from the floor and at one point hit a streak of seven conseucutive shots in leading the Class AA No. 7 Indians to a 69-40 rout, improving the defending state champions' record to 7-2.

"She was [on]. She's worked so hard. She's good, but there's a reason she's good, Sissonville coach Rich Skeen said. "I've told people that she's the hardest-working player I've ever had.

"I don't know whether she realized she was going to be short her whole life and knew she had to work [harder], but whatever, Skeen said. "Christmas morning she came and got my [gym] keys at 10 o'clock. That's just how she is.

Jones had 20 points at halftime and finished with a game-high 24 to go with three assists and three steals, but while she sank about everything she threw into the air during the first half, the bigger story in the long run might prove to be the Indians' performace on the boards.

With senior center Brooke Reed out for two weeks with an ankle injury, Sissonville still managed to outrebound the Huskies 57-35. Seven Sissonville players had at least five boards, led by senior guard Karli Pinkerton and freshman reserve forward Laila Arthur, who each had eight.

"With Brooke out, I challenged them, Skeen said. "Brooke gets about 12 rebounds a game, and I asked them who was going to step up and get those. To know we had seven girls with five or more shows that they responded to that.

Sissonville led 19-9 after one quarter and put the game away in the second, allowing just one field goal - a layup by Hoover sophomore forward Kirsten Belcher - before half. …

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