Girls basketball: Sissonville freshmen making name for themselves
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Even before Madison Jones and Karli Pinkerton played in their first sporting event at Sissonville High School, there were high expectations.
Their family members were standouts themselves for the Indians, and one of the best to play their respective sports. Pinkerton's father, Shayne, and uncle Eric, both were three-sport stars at Sissonville, as was Jones' father, Ryan.
Shayne Pinkerton was all-state in football and went on to play football at Marshall University. Eric Pinkerton was an all-state pick in baseball and football and played both sports at Marshall.
Jones also was all-state in high school and played football and basketball at West Virginia Tech and then collegiate baseball at West Virginia State.
Both Madison Jones and Karli Pinkerton have quickly made a name for themselves at Sissonville, and seem to be on their way to stepping out of their parents shadows.
The two continued their impressive freshman season with the Indians basketball team, combining to score 49 points in Sissonville's 77-48 home victory over Mingo Central in girls high school basketball Tuesday.
The 5-foot-4 Jones poured in a game-high 26 points, including 7-for-11 from 3-point range while the 5-5 Pinkerton added 23 points and eight assists for No. 10 Sissonville (13-5).
"They don't get to go on dates unless they have shot so many foul shots," Sissonville Coach Rich Skeen joked. "Their parents have been successful and knows what it takes. They have got them involved when they were younger and that's the driving force on where they are today."
Jones and Pinkerton have heard all about the successes of their family members, and hope to live up to the family name.
"He brags all the time," Jones said. "I don't know how much of it is true. He has helped me a lot. He takes me to the gym and has coached me. He has done everything with me."
"They have taught us everything we know," Pinkerton said. "It means a lot. It would be nice to be as good as them. I would feel really good about myself."
The two have stepped right in as freshmen and given Skeen and the Indians an immediate impact. Jones is averaging 17.5 points per game with Pinkerton right behind at 15.6.
They helped lead their middle school basketball team to an undefeated 19-0 record en route to the Kanawha County championship last year. They have made the transition to high school look easy.
"It's different but I think I was prepared to play," Jones said. "I played AAU and a lot of basketball. It's not really been that big of a difference. I kind of thought it would be harder. I didn't expect all this success but I hoped that we would."
Jones has already received a scholarship offer from Division I Morehead State. She turned in a solid soccer campaign as well for the Indians with 28 goals scored, fourth best in the area. Pinkerton had 19 goals in soccer and her best sport may be softball.
"We just hope they don't declare for the NBA draft early," said Skeen, who has the pair for four years. "It's very exciting. They are very impressive. They have the talent and they are athletes that work extremely hard at it. They are a coach's dream.