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Pinnacle Hawks win final tourney as eighth grade team

PINNACLE OF SUCCESS — The Pinnacle Hawks eighth grade girls team won the CYP March Madness Tournament. They include Sara Pfieffer (front row) and from left, standing: coach Gregg Martinsen, Kaylee Guy (Williamsville), Lily Wozniak (Orchard Park), Micaela Ryan (Clarence), Emma Brinker (East Aurora), Ally Jozwiak (Williamsville), Erica Martinsen (Williamsville), Naomi DeBerry (Amherst) and Jane Chiachia (Hamburg).
The Pinnacle Hawks eighth grade girls basketball team won the CYP March Madness tournament held March 8 – 9 at Saint John Fischer and Monroe Community College in Rochester.

The Hawks outscored their opponents by an aggregate score of 230 – 124 in their four victories, over the host team CYP-D’Amico, as well as Hilton Select-Schiano and two Penfield teams.

The Hawks were led by center and top-rebounder Emma Brinker of East Aurora, with 61 points, point guard Erica Martinsen, with 45 points. Also contributing heavily to the team’s offense were shooting guards Michaela Ryan, with 37 points, Sara Pfieffer, with 33 points, and Jane Chiachia of Hamburg, with 26 points. Kaylee Guy, Ally Jozwiak, Lily Wozniak (Orchard Park) and Naomi DeBerry provided rebounding and solid defensive efforts.

This tournament marks the final appearance for Pinnacle for all the team members most notably Martinsen and Ryan, each of whom have competed on this eighth-grade team for three seasons. The Pinnacle Hawks were coached this year by Gregg Martinsen.

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