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August 31, 2013

Fantasy Matchups: HOOP HEAVEN: Peabody, Masconomet state champs would be classic showdown


McArdle played stellar defense against one of Fontbonne’s top scorers, Lauren Myers. Myers was limited to just a single point in the first half, due in large part to McArdle’s attention to detail. Stepherson (17 points) and Peters (14) took over on the offensive end and helped provide a trip to the state finals.

“I think it was the best Catey and I have played together because of the way we communicated,” Stepherson said after the game in Boston. “If we saw something go wrong we’d talk about it.”

Four days later, behind a complete team effort the Chieftains beat Monument Mountain by 20 points, capturing the Division 2 crown for the first time.

“Going to states for them was an amazing thing,” said Stepherson’s mother, Kathy. “It was a group of girls who really jelled. I’ve never seen that much chemistry, as I did in that team. They were all unselfish players, they had a purpose — to win it.”

The talent

Beating three undefeated teams to win a state title is no easy task, but the Tanners’ clearly had the star talent to do so. Foley, who started every game since her freshman year and netted over 1,000 in her career, became one of the most talented athletes at Peabody High. She averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, three steals and three assists per game in ‘85.

Along with being named Team MVP, Foley earned her second straight Great Boston League Player of the Year honor. After graduating as the program’s leading scorer (1474 points), Foley continued her career at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Spencer, who along with Foley, led Peabody all season long sprained her ankle badly at practice the day before the state championship game. But you would’ve never known about the injury, unless someone told you. She scored seven points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the title game and made the key foul shots, that proved to be invaluable in the 47-44 win.

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