But the game was won in the third quarter when Bua put back a rebound and Amanda Matthews (7 points, 10 rebounds) made back-to-back baskets before Danvers coach Pat Veilleux called a timeout. The Falcons couldn’t stop the bleeding as Matthews made a great pass to Hosman for a layup and Lomasney hit a 3-pointer.
Veilleux called another timeout, but Peabody kept pouring it on with Bua hitting a baseline jumper and Scacchi grabbing and rebound and putting it in for a 15-0 run. After switching defenses Sherry was held to one basket the rest of the way.
“The third quarter is usually ours, but not tonight,” said Veilleux. “That’s what Peabody is capable of doing, and unfortunately they did it against us. We struggle scoring points, and defensively we didn’t do a good job. Peabody went to the line too much in the first half because we were a little too aggressive. We gave them some easy points.
“I think we rely on Sherry a little too much. When her shots aren’t falling we need somebody else to pick up the slack instead of having her force them. That’s a good Peabody team, and they pass the ball so well. It was a very poor third quarter by us all around, and as coach I have to take some of the blame. I should have gone to the bench and got some fresh legs out there because they wore us down.”
The Tanners were tough defensively, keeping constant pressure on Danvers and causing 12 turnovers in the final two quarters. Both coaches went to their benches in the fourth quarter and gave everybody a chance to play.
“This team has learned that on any given night any team in this conference can beat anybody else,” said Heil. “You have to be ready to play every game, and this group of girls has a great work ethic. They’ve rejuvenated me. It’s one of the better shooting teams I’ve had, and we’re moving the ball better.
“The confidence level has gone up; winning is contagious and builds momentum. Bua made some big shots. She’s unbelievable in practice. We have one shooting drill that she absolutely nails. Matthews did a great job on the boards. She’s a quiet leader, and what I love to see is the way all these girls look to see who is open and get the ball to that person. They are so unselfish.”