Bullpup eighth-graders win Brentwood Invite

Back row, from left: Teague Duarte, Coach Mark Duarte, Rylee Blanchard, Jordan Allred, Kelli Griffin, Andi Romana, Gondica Strykers and Coach Kelley Sweeney. Middle row: Kira Nilson, Isabela Emerling, Laylah Fonseca, Julia Beaty, Leah Swaigen and Sophia Gargaro. Front row: Hannah Fidler and Shannon Kelly. (TONI KELLY / Courtesy)
Back row, from left: Teague Duarte, Coach Mark Duarte, Rylee Blanchard, Jordan Allred, Kelli Griffin, Andi Romana, Gondica Strykers and Coach Kelley Sweeney. Middle row: Kira Nilson, Isabela Emerling, Laylah Fonseca, Julia Beaty, Leah Swaigen and Sophia Gargaro. Front row: Hannah Fidler and Shannon Kelly. (TONI KELLY / Courtesy)

By DAVE ALLRED
Special to the Tribune

On Dec. 10, the Martinez Jr. High Bullpups 8th grade girls basketball team finished off the Brentwood 2016 Invitational basketball tournament in a dramatic fashion.

The Bullpups took the championship in an overtime win by a score of 35-28 over Knightsen Middle School.

The girls went 3-0 in  the tournament and used an effective full-court press to slow down their opponents. Despite holding a halftime lead and some key three-pointers by Knightsen, the Bullpups were able to hold on in overtime and take the trophy.

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