Pinnacle boys, girls victorious
Pinnacle's boys varsity faced American Heritage on Feb. 12 and came away with an impressive 75-48 triumph.
Chad Martino sank an opening three-pointer and the club exploded from there. Pinnacle continued to light it up from behind the line, dropping the majority of their points from behind the arc.
The Panthers pulled out all the stops in the senior night performance, sending them off with a game to remember.
Starting the game with a full-court press the Panthers kept the Eagles off balance and stifled Heritage's ability to set up plays. Pinnacle controlled the tempo with intercepted passes as well as multiple steals.
Fighting hard for rebounds, the Panthers pulled down the majority off the boards. The Eagles answered with a few three-point baskets of their own but nothing would overcome the 27-10 deficit the team faced at the end of the first quarter.
In the second period, Pinnacle demonstrated its ability to set up plays and take high percentage shots. The press continued while the Eagles struggled to overcome it. American Heritage began to come alive late a bit in the second, but now found themselves down by by 26 at intermission, 43-17.
The third quarter ended even worse for the Eagles, with a score of 56-28. Each team settled down in the third and started to run more plays than what they had done with the constant fast pace of the first half.
On Friday, Feb. 2 the Pinnacle girls varsity team played a great game Friday night versus Merit Academy. The Panthers started slow in the first but found their groove as they pulled out a 53-21 win.
Darrian Smith started controlling the tempo of the game early on against Merit's full court press.
Bringing the ball up court she was often double-teamed but her finesse allowed her to shake her defenders with what looked like relative ease.
The first quarter saw Merit's game plan which was to use their height advantage to easily block shots and get rebounds.
Three players on their team taller than any of the Panthers became the motivation which drove Pinnacle to fight for boards and loose balls. The first quarter ended with Pinnacle leading by six, 10-4.
Second quarter play had several turnovers as both teams tried to figure out the best game plan. Both teams tried to get an offensive run going but the defense always managed to curb the efforts. At the half the score was 19-8 Pinnacle leading.
The second half proved to be the jump off point as Pinnacle pulled away from Merit.
Executing plays well and better ball handling than in the first half proved to be key in the stopping of turnovers for the Panthers.
The third ended with a 35-14 score, the quarter was one sided as Merit struggled to contain the fast breaks by Smith.
The fourth quarter was Pinnacle's best as far as scoring, they scored 18 in that quarter, one less than the first half.