December 15, 2012
Trojans unable to recover
A slow start by Homer Central girls in the first quarter allowed visiting Mexico to seize control of things early in Friday’s OHSL Freedom Division basketball match-up.
The Tigers went ahead 13-7 in the opening quarter and proceeded to hold to to post a slim 30-27 win.
Mexico improves to 3-1 in league play and 3-2 overall. Homer falls to 0-4 in the division, 0-5 overall.
“We turned the ball over 17 times the first half,” Homer coach Chris DiFulvio said. “We just kept looking to any player to get us going. Becca Eichorst stepped it up and led the charge back at end of the second quarter and the second half. Unfortunately, she injured her wrist and we lost a little offensive momentum, but Kasey McGrath (playing sick) added two points in the fourth.
“Lisa Sharpe and Kristen Fuller helped calm things down and showed discipline along with patience to move the ball around which led to some good looks for Kailee Dimorier,” he continued. “We were just 4-for-15 from the free throw line and 3-for-9 in the second half, which could have won the game for us.”
The 17 turnovers helped Mexico built an 18-10 cushion by halftime, but Homer closed the gap to 23-19 through three quarters. The Trojans just came up short in the fourth quarter.
Jamie Wallace led Mexico with a game-high 11 points.
Dimorier netted seven points and pulled down eight rebounds to pace the Trojans’ attack. Eichorst and Gail VanValkenburg each netted five points.
Homer continues to look for that first win Tuesday. The Trojans will travel to Central Square for a non-league contest. The JVs teams will tip off at 5 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.
HOMER JVs hit doubles figures in each of the first two quarters of Friday night’s game and went on to a 27-16 victory over visiting Mexico. The Junior Trojans improve to 2-3 with the victory.
“The girls improved by starting the game with intensity and continued throughout the first half,” Homer coach Cris Colasurdo said. “Our defense forced Mexico into committing turnovers. Megan Neuman, Megan Guerrera and Natalie Partigianoni did a nice job pressuring the guards.
“We tried to run through our plays more in the second half and struggled to make baskets, as well as get the offensive board,” she added. “However, our defense remained strong. Mary Mercer, Emilie Whittington and Megan McGrath are starting to make some aggressive moves to the basket and getting key rebounds.
With the strong start, Homer led 13-4 after one quarter and 23-9 by halftime. Neither team did a lot of second-half scoring.
Partigianoni led the Trojan offense with nine points. Mary Mercer pitched in with six points. Mexico did not have a player score more than four points.
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