Jane Heil’s philosophy about this year’s Peabody team is simple — it’s more about the type of minutes you put into the game and less about who actually starts it.
Over the past six games, Heil has had to decide what girls will be in that night’s starting five. While the decision is never easy, it’s one that she’s happy to make given the amount of talent on the Tanners’ roster.
Luckily, Heil has a number of names to choose from.
Carolyn Scacchi, Alex Lomasney and Sara Hosman have started in all six games this season. Olivia Summit, Amanda Matthews, Courtney Bua and Melissa Gray have also taken turns as starters, based on what team Peabody is up against on any given night.
”We’ve been toying around with different combinations,” explained Heil, whose team takes a 4-2 record into tonight’s game vs. Marblehead. “I don’t see a big difference between position four and five, and six and seven. So we’re going back and forth and the letting the girls share the spots. They’re probably going to get the same minutes, anyway. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first five minutes or the last five minutes, it’s the quality of the minutes.”
Each player brings a different set of skills to the table and Heil is trying to figure which group or combination works best.
While seniors Scacchi and Lomasney have been fixtures in the lineup since their freshman years, other players like Hosman, Bua and Gray have played themselves into more prominent roles over the past year.
Hosman, the Tanners 5-foot-8 point guard, runs the offense with poise and efficiency. Though only a sophomore, Hosman made an immediate impact last year that left a lasting impression on her coach.