LYNN — For the first two quarters Peabody was out of sync, but the Tanners turned it up a notch after halftime and went on to defeat Lynn Classical, 45-32 in a game that was moved up a night because of the impending blizzard.
“During the jayvee game I had a bad feeling when I looked around at the girls, and I predicted exactly what happened,” said Peabody coach Jane Heil after her team improved to 13-2 on the season. “At 4 o’clock the kids found out there was no school and that the building (Veterans’ Memorial High School) would be shut down until Monday. That meant no homework, and no practices for them. I knew their concentration wasn’t there.
“They have an unexpected three day weekend, and the adrenaline just shut down. Once we started boxing out we were able to get more rebounds, but give Classical all the credit for playing three great quarters.”
This was a win the Tanners had to dig deep to pull out because an aggressive Rams team battled for every ball and used speed to disrupt Peabody’s passing. It was a back and forth game for the first two and a half quarters with Classical clinging to a 22-20 halftime lead.
“My girls fought hard,” said Rams coach Tom Sawyer after his team dropped its third straight, losing to both Winthrop and Revere by one point before taking on the Tanners. “We want them to be aggressive; we don’t want to play timid on offense or defense. We like to see that fight for every ball.”
The game was tied three times in the third quarter before the Tanners began to pull away late with an 8-0 run to take a 36-28 lead into the final quarter. Peabody outscored Classical, 25-10 in the second half and cut way down on turnovers which had been a problem in the early going.