Piedmont girls basketball wins tournament in San Diego

A Dec. 13 photo of the 2022 Piedmont girls basketball team: Back row (l-r): Bryan Gardere, Eva Levingston (2), Trinity Zamora (with plaque), Natalia Martinez (10), Kat Melian (12), Dorothy nemeth (20) Front row: Madison Hill (24), Perseas Giourkaris (0), Adreinne Blackwell (11), Shakila Zuberi (30)

The Piedmont High School girls basketball team closed out 2022 with another tournament victory, taking the Top of the Peak Classic in San Diego to remain undefeated on the season.

The Highlanders then saw rain postpone their scheduled game at San Leandro on January 4. No makeup date has been announced. Piedmont is scheduled to play at Castro Valley on January 10.

The Highlanders won four games to take the tournament, improving to 11-0. On December 27, they defeated Iolani-Honolulu, 60-42. Eva Levingston 17 points to lead the way. Natalia Martinez scored 15 and Trinity Zamora contributed nine. Adrienne Blackwell added seven points and Madison Hill hit a pair of 3-pointers for six points.

The next day, Piedmont defeated Rancho Christian-Temecula, 82-69. Martinez scored 22 points to lead the Highlanders. Levingston had 16 and Zamora 15. Hill scored 13 points and Shakila Zuberi added eight.

On December 29, Piedmont edged Westview-San Diego, 55-54. The Highlanders struggled on offense, but Zamora was able to score 13, with Martinez adding 12. Alexa Cote led the Wolverines with 20 points.

Zamora broke out for a huge game in the finals, scoring 28 points to lead Piedmont to an 85-67 win over Centennial-Corona. The Highlanders jumped out to a 21-11 lead after one quarter and maintained it to the end.

Martinez scored 22 and Levingston added 18. Sydni Summers scored 25 points for the Huskies.

Piedmont is currently ranked fifth in California by MaxPreps and first in Northern California by SportStars Magazine.

“As a coach, there are always different phases of the game that we can improve on,” Highlanders coach Bryan Gardere said. “But, overall the girls are playing hard and competing. And for me, those are huge! Competitive greatness is a key ingredient to a successful team.”

“We have a good mixture of talent and skill sets. Shooters, playmakers, toughness, defensive-minded, scrappy, finishers. We will continue to work together and build on what we have.”

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