AUBURN, N.Y. (WSYR) — “I’ve had her for five years. There’s only a handful of players that I’ve coached from eighth grade right to varsity, and she’s special,” said Auburn High School girl’s basketball head coach Al Giannone.
Peyton Maneri grew up around Auburn basketball, and in her fifth and final year on varsity, she has caught her stride.
“It’s definitely a huge change from when I first started playing to now, obviously. But it’s just kind of cool to see how I changed, and see all the hard work I put in pay off to who I am now. I feel like definitely my shot, like I’ve been knocking down more threes than I have in the past years, and that was something big that I wanted to improve on, and I definitely did,” said Maneri.
Averaging just over 22 points a game, Peyton has become the team’s leading scorer.
“This year, it feels good to know that other people are looking up to me, but I wouldn’t be able to do it without my team. So I’m definitely someone that they all look up to, but they all have their own role and they all know their own role,” said Maneri.
Committed to playing basketball and studying early childhood development at SUNY Brockport, Peyton already has her future set but still has goals to achieve this season.
“My personal goal is to hit my thousand, so that’s coming up pretty soon, which I’m excited about. And I’m just happy I could have that moment with the team that I have now,” said Maneri.
And she hit that on Friday, Jan. 19, racking up 1000 career points in front of their home crowd.
“Peyton’s a great kid. She’s come through our camps and all our basketball things since she’s been in third grade. And over the years, she’s also grown into a great leader for us. She’s a great role model for our younger players. She’s been a great role model for this team, just a great leader. She’s led this team to the heights that many people didn’t think we’d get to. So it’s been great having her in our program, and I’m so proud of her,” said Giannone.
For Peyton, she will miss playing for the Maroons as well.
“It means a lot since I’ve been here all my years, and I’ve had Coach Giannone as my coach. So it’s just really exciting and sad at the same time, but I’m just glad I’m with the people I’m with,” said Maneri.
Congratulations, Peyton! You are the Byrne Dairy and Deli NewsChannel 9 Student-Athlete of the Week.
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