CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Earlier this month, Sissonville sophomore standout Madison Jones helped the Indians win the girls soccer title with the game-winning penalty kick to defeat Bridgeport in the Class AA/A final.
Jones and the rest of her Sissonville teammates, many of whom played on the championship soccer team, are hoping to do the same in basketball.
The Indians appear to be loaded with their top three players coming back from last season as well as a transfer.
"In all my years of coaching, you always want to win it," Sissonville Coach Rich Skeen said. "You try to be realistic but that is the goal this year.
"We know who our competition is and we play some very good teams in Class AA with a lot of girls coming back. I think any of about eight or nine could win the state championship."
Skeen is hoping the feeling of winning the soccer championship will carry over to the basketball season.
"Winning is contagious," Skeen said. "It's hard to change a losing mentality but we don't have to worry about that around here. I would think it gives them confidence and the desire to try and get the next one."
Having the talent Skeen does certainly helps.
"Talent is a good thing to have," Skeen said. "We'd be lying if we said anything else. Hopefully they got some confidence in winning that soccer state championship. I like having the talent and being their coach."
Jones is certainly hoping for a title in basketball, just like with soccer.
"I think it is going to drive us a lot," Jones said. "Winning that and being in that situation made us realize how much fun it is and how much we want to do it again."
Jones, who has already got an offer from Division 1 Morehead State, averaged a team-high 17 points per game, with fellow sophomore Karli Pinkerton at 15.2 ppg.