PEABODY — It was Senior Night at Peabody High, with the fieldhouse brightly decorated with blue and white balloons to honor the six seniors on the squad.
Coach Jane Heil started an all-senior lineup — and they rewarded their coach and fans by quickly building up a big cushion en route to a 75-48 victory over a young Salem team.
It all started with a nifty backdoor layup by Carolyn Scacchi, who had a game-high 22 points along with seven rebounds, seven assists, and two steals, and rolled from there for the hosts.
“We couldn’t have had a better Senior Night,” said Peabody (12-4) head coach Jane Heil. “They went out and ran the plays to perfection; that backdoor layup by Scacchi set the tone.
“We don’t usually have five seniors on the court at the same time, but they’ve been playing together since they were in the fifth grade. I split them up, but when I put them back together again it worked so well. They kept their cool and took care of business from the first quarter on.
The Tanners had 10 different scorers, with Olivia Summit also in double figures (16 points, 6 rebounds). Sara Hosman chipped in with nine points, Courtney Bua had eight, and freshman Melissa Gray came off the bench to score seven points and finish with three steals. Amanda Matthews also had a nice all-around effort with three points, seven rebounds and five assists.
“Obviously, Peabody is a tough team for us because they are big and physical,” said Salem (4-10) coach John Fortunato, whose team has just one senior. “Basketball is all about matchups, and they give you so much to deal with because of their size. (Plus, Sara (Hosman) is such a good, solid point guard (who) adds a lot and is very unselfish.