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February 2, 2013

Peabody girls take down Salem

PEABODY— Junior captain Carolyn Scacchi has been the backbone of the Peabody girls basketball team for the past two seasons now. And although it’s difficult to find any flaws in the 6-foot-2 forward’s game, she somehow finds ways to get better each time she steps on the floor.

Scacchi went five-for-five from the free throw line and recorded her eighth double-double of the season as the Tanners defeated the Salem, 52-42 at home.

“Every year she comes back better than before,” Peabody head coach Jane Heil said of Scacchi. “The most important thing she needed to fix from last season was her foul shooting and this year it has been outstanding. I’m waiting for the triple-double next from her.”

The Tanners (11-2) recorded their seventh straight victory after dropping two games in a row earlier in the season. Scacchi led all scorers with 17 points, 12 rebounds and three assists.

The score was tied at 12 a piece after the first quarter as both teams settled into their scoring rhythm. Peabody held a slight advantage at the break to lead 25-22.

“We definitely struggled offensively,” said Salem head coach John Fortunato. “Peabody is a long team and they’re athletic. They move and stretch out those arms. I loved how hard my kids played. I saw tremendous improvement from the last time we played Peabody earlier in the year. That’s all I ask of these kids to get better every time out.”

Salem (5-8) might have a limited bench, but each player contributed to the game in some way. As a young team, the Witches have grown into a solid unit and are dangerous both in the post and have the ability to knock down those long-range shots.

“What John has done with that group of girls and how hard they work for 32 minutes, in my mind he’s the best coach in the league,” said Heil. “A lot of people wouldn’t put in the time that he does and every day to him, it’s like you’re on your way to a championship.”

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