PEABODY — You can prepare for weeks for a team like Lynn English, but the Bulldogs are capable of breaking down any type of game plan you throw at them.
Last night, Peabody experienced first hand what English is made of, as the Bulldogs handed the Tanners a 58-37 loss. The win clinches the Northeastern Conference (Large) title for the Lynn English, its fourth in five years.
“It’s such a huge win for us,” said English head coach Fred Hogan. “Every year we try to tell the girls about the legacy of the program and whenever you put a number on the banner, it’s there for the rest of their lives.
“Peabody did everything they were supposed to do to make this a championship game and our girls were ready for that type of game.”
The Tanners (13-3) faced a similar loss earlier in the season to the Bulldogs (17-2), but did their best to correct the mistakes from the previous meeting.
“No matter how prepared you are, you just don’t see it until it’s coming at you,” Peabody coach Jane Heil said. “English is just so fast and so quick. When you see a pass that looks like a wide open one, by the time it’s half way there, English is already there.
“We could’ve been a little more solid with our passes, but with that said we were better than the first time we played them. There’s the improvement that I’m happy to have.”
After an early Peabody timeout in the first quarter, Lynn English went on a 10-2 run to close out the quarter and never looked back. The Bulldogs went on to lead 26-13 at the half and continued their dominant offense into the second half of the game.
English’s full-court press caused numerous turnovers for the Tanners and running an efficient offense was nearly impossible with the stifling defense the Bulldogs displayed.
“We use multiple full-court presses and that is our backbone,” explained Hogan. “Our defensive intensity comes from that and were able to force a lot of turnovers, which transitioned into some easy baskets for us.”
Junior captain Carolyn Scacchi managed to still hit double figures with 15 points and nine rebounds. Though the Bulldogs did a good job at stopping everyone else, Scacchi couldn’t be silenced.
“Carolyn can take over any game,” said Heil. “We found some ways to mix up the offense a little bit for her and there’s no question that she can get it done. She came with a lot of intensity and it’s the type of leadership she’s shown all year.”
Olivia Summit put in nine points, while the rest of the Tanner scorers were held to two or three points.
English’s junior point guard, Diondra Woumn was outstanding from the field, scoring a game-high 22 points. Catherin Stinson dropped in a dozen points, while Deidra Newson finished with 13.
“We have three scorers that all defer to each other and share the ball really well,” added Hogan. “Nobody is trying to be the superhero and that’s what makes us a good team.”
Peabody has two games left on its regular season schedule — Revere on Thursday and Everett on Friday, both at home.