December 13, 2010
Late shot topples Trojans
PHILADELPHIA — It was a valiant effort by Homer Central girls Saturday.
Just 12 hours after a tough, physical win over Mexico the previous evening, the Trojans were on a bus headed north to Indian River. That’s where an off-balance heave by Kaitlyn Rayner from 3-pint range swished through with three seconds left to lift the host Indians to a 42-41 non-league triumph.
“The girls were tired and we came out flat at the start,” Homer coach Marv Zimmerman said. “We got behind, but played a good third quarter and made a nice comeback. We even led in the fourth quarter, but the girls got off a lucky shot that happened to go in.
“We was very proud of our girls,” he continued. “It was a good effort. We played hard. It was just a heartbreaking loss. Our girls really played their hearts out.”
Indian River (1-0 overall) jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the first quarter and maintained a 24-17 cushion at halftime.
Carissa Cornwell put the team on her shoulders and helped with the comeback. The senior scored 10 points in the third quarter as Homer (1-1) came back to knot the score at 29-29. Cornwell added seven more points in the fourth quarter as the Trojans built a small lead before Indian River fought back.
The Trojans were clinging to a 41-39 advantage before Rayner connected for her only points of the night. Homer did get a final shot off, but it was off the mark.
Cornwell finished the game with another double-double of 22 points and 17 rebounds to go with six steals. Jessica Parmiter added 11 points and six steals.
Katie Brierton paced Indian River with 12 points. Emily Kuba added 11 points and Anna Lam netted 10 points for the Indians.
Homer will enjoy a quiet week before returning to action Friday. The Trojans will host Chittenango in OHSL Freedom American Division action with the JV game starting things at 5:30 p.m.
HOMER JVs came out flat to start its game Saturday, but the inability to put the ball in the basket during the second half was more costly in a 27-24 loss to Indian River Saturday. The Trojans (1-1) 12-10 at half, but made just two baskets in the final two quarters. The visitors did make eight free throws, all during second-half play, before falling by three.
“We were really hurt by turnovers (35),” Homer coach Cris Colasurdo said. “They put a lot of pressure on us. The girls were tired from the night before as well, but gave it their all.”
Kristen Fuller led Homer with seven points. Mattingly paced Indian River with 13 points.
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