PEABODY — There was a lot at stake in the Division 1 North opening round game. The Tanners were seeking their first tourney victory in four years, and star forward Carolyn Scacchi was only 10 points away from joining the 1,000 point club.
Both things were accomplished as Peabody came out on fire en route to a 58-44 victory over Reading. They started the game with a 10-3 run led by Amanda Matthews, Scacchi, and Alex Lomasney and built up a 10 point cushion at the end of the first quarter.
Peabody came into the game with a 15-5 record, winners of five of their last six games and have now won six of the last seven while Reading was 10-10.
Scacchi had 303 points this season, averaging 15.2 per game. She went over the thousand mark with a big three with 2:06 remaining in the first half to put the Tanners ahead, 31-19. Scacchi knew that shot put her over 1,000 and pumped her fist as teammates hugged her when there was a break in the action. She ended with a game-high 20 points and tied with Lomasney for a team-high seven rebounds.
“I didn’t want to have the game stopped when I got it,” said the senior captain. “I’m so happy we won the game because it wouldn’t have been as special for me if we didn’t. It’s awesome, the best feeling in the world.”
After she reached the big mark an announcement was made to the large crowd, and fans stood to cheer. When the game ended coach Jane Heil praised her star for being a great team player and presented her with the game ball.
“We started off so well it took the edge off,” said Tanner coach Jane Heil, who got the big win in her 700th game behind the bench. “Reading is a very good team, and they gave us all we could handle.