“Our press is on right now,” said English head coach Fred Hogan. “To our credit, though, we have a lot of basketball players. We have girls that play basketball all year round and don’t play other sports. So, our girls are ready for stuff like that early on (in the season) because of that. Peabody has players that play other sports and the next time around, it’ll probably be a closer game.
“I told the girls when Peabody cut our lead that we were lacking intensity. If we don’t play with intensity, we’re not good. That run in the third set the tone and we came out on fire.”
Peabody, however, ended the quarter on another solid run of its own after senior captain Carolyn Scacchi netted five of her 13 points. The Tanners only trailed 39-31 heading into the final quarter, but English’s smothering press was too much to handle.
“If the kids can walk away from this knowing that we were in it,” Heil said. “The score doesn’t that we were in it, though. There were some really bright spots. We just need to have a bright 32 minutes.”
The 29 turnovers did Peabody in, though. The Tanners struggled on the offensive boards, which gave English easy breakout opportunities.
“We’d get the momentum back, but when we do, we need to hold it,” said Heil. “We can’t keep spotting them 10 points, like the Patriots do. You can’t do that because at some point it’s going to come back and bite you.”
Scacchi was huge under the glass for the Tanners, earning herself a double-double with 16 rebounds to go along with her team-high 13 points. Bua finished the night with eight points, while Hosman added five rebounds, a pair of assists and three points.
English’s Deidra Newson led all players with 17 points and Catherine Stinson added 12 for the Bulldogs.