EVERETT— Last night the Peabody girls basketball team went into Everett with a purpose.
Sure the Tanners wanted to continue their win streak and run their record to 4-0, but they also wanted to win the contest for their coach Jane Heil.
They did so with ease, taking down the Crimson Tide 45-28 on the road to deliver Heil the 500th win of her illustrious career.
Before Everett could even blink, Peabody jumped out to 10-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game. Freshman Sara Hosman scored all eight of her points in the first quarter to give the Tanners a 16-4 lead after one.
“Getting out to an early lead has been our motto so far this year,” said Heil who recorded her 500th career win as the head coach of the Tanners. “In past years, I’ve kind of held back on the press and teams were able to get some easy points. This year the press seems to be our strength and I didn’t want to change the game plan.”
Heil went to her bench in the second quarter, subbing out all five starters at once to give them a rest and to give the other players some minutes.
Last year Peabody got of to 3-0 start before going 4-13 the rest of the way. That’s something Heil doesn’t want to happen this year and she doesn’t expect it to with the group of girls she has on the team.
“This is fun right now, but we’re right back to business on Sunday and get ready for Lynn English,” added Heil. “You can feel the difference in this team and you can see it. You can see the way they behave on the court and how they treat each other on the bench, it’s good— it’s all good.”
Junior Olivia Summit was a driving force in the first half, scoring 10 of her 12 points before the break. Peabody put up a 31-13 lead at halftime, but the Tanners wanted to make sure the victory didn’t get away.
As powerful as the offense was, the Tanners’ defense was equally as solid. They held Everett to only four points in the first quarter and three points in the third quarter.
Carolyn Scacchi finished with four points, five assists and five steals, while fellow junior captain Alex Lomasney (six points) had a team-high seven rebounds for Peabody. Sophomore Courtney Bua dropped in six points off the bench and was key for Peabody’s second unit.
“Our team has really connected this year and everyone has been contributing,” said Summit. “We never had a bond like this before, but now we work together and play well together.”