December 18, 2010
Cornwell scoring spree lifts Trojans past Bears
Carissa Cornwell had a career night Friday helping the Homer Central girls’ basketball squad improve to 2-0 in the OHSL Freedom Division.
The Trojan senior guard netted a school-record seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 31 points in a 53-45 victory over visiting Chittenango.
Cornwell was the single-game school record-holder with six treys against Syracuse CBA set last January. She added nine rebounds and three steals while committing just three turnovers against Chittenango, as Homer improved to 2-1 overall.
The Bears remained winless through three games this season.
“Carissa had another great game,” Homer coach Marv Zimmerman said of the Cornwell performance. “She made five 3-pointers in the first quarter which helped us take a 21-4 lead. Down the stretch, she made four free throws to help secure the win.
“In reality,” he continued. “While Carissa had a big night, everyone who played helped out. It was a great team effort.”
Sarah diGiovanna chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds. Jessica Parmiter also tallied eight points for the Trojans.
The Trojans maintained their advantage throughout the second quarter to enjoy a 30-13 cushion.
Chittenango made some halftime adjustments and proceeded to cut into the 17-point deficit. The Bears pulled to within 40-28 as the third quarter. Despite pressing a majority of the second half, Chittenango only forced six turnovers as the Homer guards took care of the ball. For the game, the Trojans only committed 14 turnovers.
As the fourth quarter wound down, Chittenango continued to narrow the gap, getting as close as four points. Zimmerman said his team handled the pressure by making its free throws.
Haley Landers was the only Chittenango player to reach double figures, scoring 12 points.
Homer will close out the pre-Christmas portion of its schedule by hosting Auburn in a non-league Monday contest before traveling to Cortland High Wednesday.
HOMER JVs suffered through a tough third quarter and fell three points short against Chittenango, the Trojans on the short end of a 30-27 outcome.
The visitors jumped to an 8-0 lead, but Homer (1-2) trimmed the deficit to two points as the quarter ended. The Trojan rally continued through the second quarter with the home team leading 14-12.
Chittenango took command in the third quarter with 13 points while holding Homer to six points.
Ciara Harris led the Trojans with seven points. Gail VanValkenburg and Lisa Sharpe netted four points each.
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