”She’s just come to another level (this season),” said Heil. “Sara has been living at the foul line and I can’t tell you how excited I am about that. She’s been great.”
The addition of Gray, a freshman, has been huge. She, Hosman and Bua all have the ability of hitting deep baskets , something the Tanners were missing in years past. Gray and Bua started the first four games of the season on the bench, but worked their way into the starting position.
”I started Courtney and Melissa against Beverly (earlier this week) because they’ve shown the consistency I’m looking for,” Heil explained. “Melissa has been a gift to this team. Her name has been in the boxscore this season and as a result, teams are going to play her tighter. I like the the way she plays, and she makes good decisions with the ball.”
Summit, meanwhile, is embracing her new role coming off the bench; she scored a season high 12 points in Wednesday’s 55-45 loss to Winthrop.
”We’ve been doing some post work and you can see her determination,” Heil said of Summit. “She had been struggling, but the work she’s put in paid big dividends on Wednesday. The highlight of that game was Olivia being back in a big way.”
As for Matthews, it’s her leadership and court sense that keeps her in the mix. The veteran coach is fond of veteran players and Matthews’ steady, smart play earned her the title of captain this season.
Fellow captains Scacchi and Lomasney are also more than reliable. Scacchi has developed into Peabody’s top offensive player and MVP, while Lomasney remains the defensive specialist.
“If the court is 94 feet long, Carolyn is going to play the entire 94 feet,” noted Heil. “And Alex is consistent. She’s in the top five in the stat categories I keep for the team.”