When the clock expired, the Peabody girls’ basketball team swarmed coach Jane Heil, and several of her former players in attendance rose to their feet and applauded.
It wasn’t an ordinary victory.
Heil coached the Lady Tanners to a 45-28 win over host Everett Thursday night, earning her 500th career victory as a varsity coach.
“It was nice that all of this year’s kids could contribute to this, and that former players could be here,” said Heil, who is in her 32d season. “This is a shared milestone. Nobody does this alone. You have great staff, great family support, and great players. I get the credit, but everyone else is the wind beneath my wings.”
Just two minutes into the contest, the milestone win was evident. The Lady Tanners applied a full-court press and Everett struggled to break it, allowing Peabody to capitalize on turnovers.
Freshman Sara Hosman scored three straight fast-break layups to spark an early 10-2 lead, and the Lady Tanners never looked back.
Peabody forced 18 turnovers in the first half to take a 31-13 lead, and forced 10 more in the second half.
Heil began coaching in 1977 and has built the program from the ground up. After recording 309 wins, she retired in 1995 to watch her daughter Kristin play at Beverly and Trinity College, and then returned for the 1999-00 season.
She led Peabody to a Division 1 state championship in 1985, made 26 appearances in the MIAA North state tournament, won 17 Greater Boston League titles, and a Northeastern Conference title.
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Medfield 75, Coyle & Cassidy 44 — Jen Narlee (22 points, 14 rebounds) and Lauren Petit (21 points and three steals) led the No. 5 Warriors.
Lynn English 49, Lynn Classical 27 — Junior Deidra Newson led the No. 9 Bulldogs with 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 steals. Senior Dolores Latimer added a double-double, notching 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Oliver Ames 43, Lake Region (Maine) 38 — Caitlyn Abela (13 points) and Asia Mitchell (12 points) led the offense for the No. 13 Tigers (4-0).
Ashland 58, Natick 54 — Sam Leone (14 points), Megan Ianiro (13), and Ilyza Holman (11) scored in double figures to help the Clockers top the No. 20 Redhawks.
Taunton 57, New Bedford 32 — Angie Martinez recorded a double-double, netting 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, to lead the host Tigers.
Old Rochester 50, Dighton-Rehoboth 24 — Gabby Reuter and Haley Dickerson each had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs (4-1). Reuter also added seven blocks in the win.
Newton South 77, Portsmouth (R.I.) 51 — Kayla Burton led the Lions with 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Emily Chang added 19.
Ursuline 58, Austin Prep 30 — Senior forward Katie Hicks recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds and center Morgan O'Donnell added a double-double of 15 points and 16 boards to lead the Bears (3-2).
North Andover 75, Salem (N.H.) 40 — Chris Bardwell scored 19 points in the No. 2 Knights’ rout.
St. Anthony (N.J.) 78, Brighton 42 — Senior forward Kody Jenkins scored a team-high 20 points for the Friars (4-0). The fifth-ranked Bengals (2-3) were led by junior guard Nick Simpson’s game-high 21 points.
Attleboro 72, Dartmouth 57 — Tim Walsh scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead the Bombardiers past the Indians.
Somerville 77, Wayland 63 — Roubins Guerrier led the Highlanders with 20 points and Gustavo Demoura chipped in 17.
Cardinal Spellman 68, Bishop Stang 40 — Paul Preziosi had 20 points and five rebounds for the Cardinals (6-0).
Dighton-Rehoboth 68, Old Rochester 50 — Senior Ryan Walsh scored a career-high 37 points for the Falcons (2-2).
Quincy 71, Weymouth 64 — Colin Evans (17 points, 10 rebounds), Jaquan Harris (16 points, 10 rebounds), and Tino Gonzalez (16 points, 10 assists) led the Presidents (4-1).
Wilmington 50, Shawsheen 46 — Sophomore center Connor Bennett led the Wildcats with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 blocks.
Serino Christmas Classic — Top-ranked Malden Catholic rallied in the third period to down fourth-ranked Hingham, 2-1, at Valley Forum II in Malden. Ara Nazarian scored both Lancers’ goals off rebounds near the net. In the first game of the tournament, St. Mary’s rallied to erase an early 3-1 deficit, but Nolan Vesey’s goal late in the second period put 11th-ranked Austin Prep up for good en route to a 5-3 win. Vesey finished with a pair of goals. Malden Catholic and Austin Prep will face off in the final on Friday.Continued...