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.”