January 27, 2011


Host Fulton rallies past Trojans

Homer Central girls looked like they were ready to snap their three-game OHSL Freedom Division basketball losing streak. Wednesday night.
The Trojans led 23-12 at halftime, but the roof caved in during second-half play. Homer scored just 12 more points as visiting Fulton rallied with 36 points for a 48-35 victory. The Red Raiders improve 70 2-5 in division play and 3-9 overall. The Trojans fall to 3-5, 3-8 overall.
“We played a nice first half,” Homer coach Marv Zimmerman said “We just could not score in the second half. We are not getting enough people involved in the scoring and, as a result, we continue to struggle offensively. Tonight, we had the shots, but could not make them.
“We have six games left,” he continued. “We had a number of those games that we can win. We’ll see what’s needed to be done to salvage our season.”
After taking the 23-12 halftime lead, Homer watched Fulton net 15 points in the third quarter to tie the game at 27-27. The Red raiders tallied 21 points in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.
Christina Pensabene led Fulton with 14 points. Ashlynn Palmitesso and Sammara Stowell added 10 points each for the visitors.
One person not struggling for Homer is Carissa Cornwell. The Trojan senior buried three 3-pointers and netted 22 points. She jumped five spot on the all-time scoring list and is now 14th overall with 438 points. Cornwell also has a career-best 31 3-pointers this season, third best on the single season list. With six games remaining, Cornwell, who is averaging 18.6 points per game, could finish in the top-10 on the career scoring list if she can remain consistent. Cornwell also grabbed 12 rebounds and made six steals.
Hannah Davis didn’t score a point, but the senior pulled down 11 points for the Trojans.
Homer will return to OHSL Freedom Division action Friday. The Trojans will travel to Christian Brothers Academy for the 7 p.m. tip-off. JV action starts at 5:30 p.m.
HOMER JVs saw a 24-14 halftime lead disappear in the second half. The Trojans (3-8 overall) scored just 12 second-half points as Fulton rallied for a 37-36 win.
“We played strong until the fourth quarter,” Homer coach Cris Colasurdo said. “We had trouble scoring in the second half. Fulton slowly came back and made their shots. Once they got close, we started to rush. We forced shots and stopped getting offensive rebounds.”
Homer led 12-11 after one quarter before holding Fulton to three points in the second quarter to build a 10-point cushion at halftime. Neither team did much scoring in the third quarter, but the visitors erupted in the fourth quarter. The Trojans could not keep pace.
The Trojan won the rebounding battle 38-20 overall. Their strength was an 18-8 edge on the boards in the first half, including seven offensive putbacks.
Kasey McGrath led the Homer contingent with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Kristen Fuller added nine points while Hannah Agate pulled down seven rebounds.
Brien paced Fulton with 15 points. Trail netted nine points.


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