Peabody's Amber Kiricoples had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five steals in a win over Gloucester Tuesday night. (Item Photo: Olivia Falcigno)

Peabody girls basketball opens season with big win

PEABODY -- The Peabody girls basketball team opened up its 2021 season with a bang, notching a 57-16 win over Northeastern Conference foe Gloucester at home Tuesday night. The Tanners went on a 15-0 run to end the first quarter and never looked back, coasting to a victory.

Senior Amber Kiricoples led the way for Peabody with 13 points --11 of them coming in the first quarter alone -- with 10 rebounds and five steals. Junior Emma Bloom made a splash with 10 points in the win, while freshman Logan Lomasney and sophomore Lauren Mendonca scored nine points each. Sophomore Isabel Bettencourt (six points), freshman Abigail Bettencourt (four points) and senior Aja Alimonti (four points) also played well in the victory.

The Tanners gave up the opening basket of the game and then shut things down on the defensive end, rolling to a 15-0 run through the rest of the quarter. Kiricoples was the engine that ran the Peabody drive, scoring …

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