By Jean DePlacido
---- — 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.
It was all tied up at 28-28 after Lynn’s leading scorer Francesca Galeazzi (15 points) made a layup. But Peabody made four unanswered baskets to start to pull away. Carolyn Scacchi (6 points), Olivia Summit (10), Courtney Bua (12), and Sara Hosman (4) keyed the run to open up some breathing room. Late in the final quarter the Tanners put together a 9-2 run to put the game safely in the win column.
“Peabody made some shots, and they play that good zone defense,” said Sawyer. “There’s no question their length hurt us. They have a lot of size, and that’s hard to deal with. They made shots a few times down the court, and we didn’t. That was the difference. Give them credit because they don’t give you anything easy.”
Alex Lomasney hit some big shots in the second half, including a 3-pointer after Classical had cut the lead to six early in the fourth quarter. She finished with 11 points and also had four steals.
Scacchi had a strong all around game with eight rebounds, seven steals, and three blocked shots. Summit also pulled down eight boards, and freshman point guard Hosman came up with three steals.
“This was one of Lomasney’s better games both offensively and defensively,” said Heil. “She’s not offensive minded, but tonight she made some big shots when we needed them as did Bua. I loved the way we spread the court for Scacchi because she is such a good passer.
“I knew this was not going to be a walk even though we beat them by a big margin earlier. Any team in this league can beat anybody else on a given night. That may not be the case with English because they’re so strong. We see them next week, and if we’re really on our game and they’re not who knows what could happen.”