"Karli is a coach's dream," said Sissonville basketball coach Rich Skeen. "She does all the little things that fans won't always notice but her coaches do, and other coaches as well. Her best attribute is that she is a super person. She's a person that everyone wants to be around.
"She's not like some players that you may see her age. She doesn't get caught up in the individual awards and accolades. She is all about the team."
"Karli is such an unselfish player," added soccer and basketball teammate Madison Jones. "I had the privilege of being named second-team all-state in basketball and she was a big reason why. A lot of my points came from her assists. She is a scoring threat herself, but she is always looking to get everyone in the game. She makes our team better."
Despite garnering Class AA all-state honorable mention in basketball and soccer, Pinkerton doesn't care if she ever gets recognized for another individual award during her career.
"I am so lucky to able to play sports with such talented girls as I do," Pinkerton said. "We push each other, and it makes us all better.
"Being recognized is nice, but all the sports I play are team sports. What means the most to me is doing what it takes to get wins. Ultimately, I would like to win a state championship in all three sports. Maybe even more."
Despite the fact she fell short of that goal during her first year, Pinkerton put up exceptional numbers in her pursuit for those championships.
She finished with 19 goals and 14 assists during the soccer regular season and carried a .361 batting average with 17 RBIs in softball. In basketball, she averaged 15.2 points, led the team in assists at four per game and was the second-leading rebounder, averaging 5.6 boards despite being one of the team's smallest players.
"During the summer, I continue to work at these sports," Pinkerton said. "I work out with trainers almost every day of the week. I'm participating in soccer workouts and travel softball practices. I'm playing for the West Virginia Wild 1's and being helped by a hitting instructor who's a member of the USA men's fast-pitch team.
"I am also playing in showcase tournaments, basketball workouts and different basketball tournaments. I always want to be the best at what I do."
That attitude and determination may one day lead to her hoisting the team trophies she most covets.