PEABODY — At this point of the season, Peabody girls basketball coach Jane Heil isn’t so concerned about the amount of wins her team can produce down the final stretch. She’s more focused with her team improving each night out.
Last night was one of those games the Tanners were able to do both. After shutting out Lynn Classical in the first quarter, Peabody held the advantage the rest of the way to secure a 62-29 victory.
“We need this one,” said Heil. “We’re at a point in the season where we need to execute better. Throwing the ball long and out of bounds is not the type of execution we’re looking for. I want the girls to keep it simple — shorter passes, settle down more and not allow as many turnovers.”
The Tanners (11-4) are one of three teams left in the Northeastern Conference that haven’t suffered back-to-back losses and that’s a credit to their ability to respond after a loss. It was also the first game of the season that they’ve scored more than 60 points.
“Coming off the loss to Lynn English we needed to regroup, so this was a big win,” said senior tri-captain Alex Lomasney. “We had a really good practice this week. We worked a lot on our press breaks and refocusing on our fundamentals to get things right.”
Peabody’s defense was unbeatable in the first quarter and didn’t allow Lynn Classical to get a single shot off in the paint. The Tanners took a commanding 19-0 lead after the first.
Classical (9-9) scored its first basket a minute into the second quarter and as able to establish some scoring rhythm. Despite being outscored 16-13, it was the most points the Rams put up in a quarter, with their leading scorer Kristin Lauria out of the lineup due to injury. Peabody upheld its 20-plus point lead at the break (35-13), while Olivia Summit and Carolyn Scacchi led all scorers with 10 points in the first half.