January 31, 2009


Bearcats get best of Homer


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Sarah diGiaovanna of Homer gets a pass off, under the arm of Tessa Pucello (10) of Solvay Friday night in OHSL Liberty play. Visiting Solvay was a 53-37 winner.

A slow start proved costly to Homer Central girls Friday night.
The Trojans fell behind visiting Solvay 19-5 after the first quarter and proceeded to drop a 53-37 OHSL Liberty Division basketball contest to Bearcats on Senior Night. Solvay improves to 3-8 in division play and 5-9 overall. The Trojans fall to 2-9, 3-12 overall.
After trailing by 14-point after the first quarter, Homer continued to struggle offensively in the second stanza when Solvay netted 15 more points to built a 34-13 cushion. The Trojans played a better second half, cutting five points off the deficit.
Jessica Rigg led the Homer offensive with 10 points in her last regular season home game. Gabby Luety and Carissa Cornwell each added eight points to the Trojan total.
Going along with Rigg in the curtain call at the high school were senior classmates Courtney Rainbow, Rachelle Holl, Heidi VanValkenburg and Kate VanValkenburg.
Tessa Pucello was unstoppable as she poured in 33 points for Solvay. Elizabeth Martinez added 13 points to account for most of the Bearcat scoring.
Homer will return to Liberty Division action Tuesday, beginning a four-game road trip at Marcellus for a 7 p.m. contest.
HOMER JVs are are trying to put four good quarters of basketball together. It is not through lack of effort, but the Junior Trojans struggled in the middle two quarters during a 38-27 loss to visiting Solvay Friday night. Homer falls to 1-12.
“In the last two minutes of second quarter, Solvay got two quick baskets,” said Homer coach Cris Colasurdo. “We did not real good second or third quarter.s, but we held them, defensively, in the second quarter and were still in the game. We simply struggled to get points.
“The girls are really trying hard and never gave up,” Colasurdo added. “We improved our rebounding and we had less turnovers in the game.”
Jessica Parmiter scored eight points and pulled down six rebounds for Homer. Megan Hartquist, Chelsea Jones and Kaatje Pullman also pulled down six rebounds each for the Trojans.
Homer JVs will travel to Marcellus Tuesday a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.