December 20, 2013
Trojans stop Tigers for 3rd straight win
Homer Central girls are going to have a very merry Christmas.
Hannah Casey scored 12 points and Morgan Hollenbeck netted 10 points as the Trojans improved to 3-3 overall with a 41-20 basketball victory over visiting Mexico in Thursday’s OHSL Freedom National Division match-up.
It was the third straight victory for Homer, the Trojans now 2-0 in division play. Mexico falls to 0-2 in league and overall action.
“It’s a great feeling,” Casey said of the win and the winning streak. “My teammates really put it together tonight. There was a lot of great teamwork that made this happen.
“My classmates have really come together,” the sophomore guard added. “I know we are looking forward to the tournament and playing Cortland..”
Homer will return to the court Dec. 27 for the Trojans Christmas Tournament, to host rival Cortland in the first round.
“We really have a good team,” senior captain Kailee Dimorier said. “We are small, but we are fast. We are able to use that speed. We also have some good shooters this season. That all makes it nice.”
Dimorier has been in the rebuilding process throughout her four-year varsity career.
“It the past, we have had teams that were just thrown together,” Dimorier explained. “The group now has a group of people who have been playing together for a while. They know each other and how they play together. That is an advantage.”
HOLLENBECK GAVE gave Homer a 3-0 lead with a traditional 3-point play before Mexico answered with seven of the next nine points. Kendra Hunter’s steal and lay-up put the Tigers on top 7-5 with 5:59 left in the first quarter.
The turning point came on a steal by Madison Dimorier who stole the ball and scored on a driving lay-up for Homer to tie the score at 7-7. That play sparked an 11-0 Trojan run starting with 4:35 left in the quarter.
Casey buried a jumper from the right wing and she drilled a 3-pointer from the same side. Cary Trierweiler made two free throws as Homer led 14-7 after the first quarter.
Madison Dimorier capped the run with a running one-hander in the first minute of the second quarter before Sabrina Adams ended the run with a jumper for Mexico with 6:55 left in the half.
Madison Dimorier hit a trey from the left wing and Casey connected for another 3-pointer on the right wing as the Trojan lead grew to 22-11 with 3:54 to go in the first half.
Adams hit a nice spinning jumper in the paint for the final Mexico points of the half before the Trojans closed out the half with a 6-0 run. Hollenbeck made one of two free throws, Mary Mercer got an lay-in off a Madison Dimorier pass and Macy Boice buried a 3-pointer for the 28-11 halftime advantage.
THE SECOND HALF was in Mexico’s favor, but Homer kept its composure to score the 11-point victory.
A late Tiger run fueled by Harter’s shooting got Mexico to within 36-28 with 2:26 to play in the game, but Casey nailed her third 3-pointer for a 39-28 Trojan lead with 1:56 to go.
Each team hit two free throws in the final 1:05 to make the final count 41-30.
Harter finished with a game-high 14 points for Mexico.
HOMER JVs head into the holiday break with a perfect 6-0 record. The Trojans scored an easy 56-4 victory over visiting Mexico Thursday night.
“We have the advantage of good bench depth,” Homer coach Cris Colasurdo said. “The girls all work well together, They know how to look for each other and that comes from also playing AAU ball. Every girl brings something to this team that helps everything come together.”
Allie Osterhoudt led the Homer offense with 10 points. Emily Aloi and Arielle Moheimani came off the bench to provide a spark. Aloi netted eight points with 11 rebounds. Moheimani added six points and eight boards. Caley Cornwell and Ashley Lee each netted eight points. Cornwell pulled down five rebounds.
Homer JVs will get the Trojans Christmas Tournament started facing CHS at 12:45 p.m. on Dec. 27. The Homer-CHS varsity game is at 5:45 p.m., with Tully and Onondaga the other teams in the two-day tournament.
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