She finished with a game-high 19 points.
“Unfortunately, she got hurt there and it helped us down the stretch,” Central Catholic coach Sue Downer said. “What a great player, a heart of gold. I feel terrible that she got hurt. Obviously, she made a big difference and it had a huge impact when she came out of the game. She fought to the end.”
Central scored 13 straight points as Peabody went scoreless for over four minutes in the fourth quarter.
Caitlin Dell’Orfano and Amanda Williams each had 17 points for the Raiders.
Sara Hosman joined Scacchi in double figures with 10 points. Alex Lomasney played excellent defense for the Tanners.
Even though the night ended in defeat, Heil felt a lot of good came out of the game. She also hopes the performance helps the Northeastern Conference in some way.
“Hopefully it teaches the rest of the Northeastern Conference, like Lynn English that they can do this,” Heil said. “We almost did it so I’m pretty sure Lynn English can do it. I’m going to root for them, now they’re my No. 1 team.”
Central Catholic 59, Peabody 41
at Central Catholic, Peabody
Peabody: Summit 2-1-5, Hosman 4-2-10, Scacchi 9-1-19, Lomasney 1-2-4, Matthews 1-0-2, Alperen 0-1-1. Totals 17-7-41.
Central Catholic: Dell’Orfano 6-4-17, Nagri 3-0-7, Williams 6-5-17, Wiggins 1-4-6, Joy 1-0-2, Tierney 1-0-2, Walsh 2-0-4, Borrelli 0-2-2, Santana 0-2-2. Totals 20-17-59.
Halftime: CC, 28-21.
3-pointers: P, none; CC, Dell’Orfano, Nagri.
Records: P, 16-6; CC, 20-1.