SALEM — Before every contest, Peabody head coach Jane Heil chooses a player to give a pregame speech to the team. Yesterday, junior Mia Lomasney was awarded the honor.
With exam week in full swing, the early start time and bad weather, she spoke of focusing on the task at hand, which for the Tanners was Salem. Lomasney’s words were simple, but they resonated with her teammates.
Behind a 22-point performance by senior captain Carolyn Scacchi, Peabody took down the host Witches, 54-41 to win its third straight game.
“The girls were focused and kept us where we needed to be,” said Heil. “This was Carolyn’s best game of the year, but her best is yet to come. I was very pleased with her getting the ball down low and either going left or right to the basket.”
Scacchi, who hit the first three shots of the game, earned a double-double with 15 rebounds. She also had four assists, three blocks and one steal to lead the way for the Tanners (7-2).
The 6-foot-2 center took advantage of the mismatch against Salem, scoring the majority of her points from inside the paint.
“We needed her to step up and pound the ball inside,” noted Heil. “Another night we might need girls from the outside.”
Salem (3-5) and Peabody traded baskets in the first quarter, but the Tanners managed to pull ahead to start the second. They went on a 14-2 run, but the Witches closed gap to within eight by halftime (30-22).
“We’re a younger team with so many things to learn,” explained Salem head coach John Fortunato. “Every time we were on the ropes to Peabody, a team that poses so many problems for you, the kids responded the way I wanted them to.”
Peabody ended the third quarter ahead, 46-29. The Witches responded by going a 9-2 run to start the fourth, including four points from Jaclyn Panneton and a three-point by Nicole Sadoway.