EAST SYRACUSE — Foul trouble and standout individual performance by an opposing player spelled defeat for the Homer Central girls’ basketball team Monday night.
Azariah Wade scored 27 points to lead host Bishop Grimes past the Trojans, 79-46. “Our girls played very hard throughout the game, but Caley Cornwell and Shawnessy Earle were in foul trouble right from the tip which created some difficult match up issues for us defensively,” Homer coach Jeff Tabel said, his team now 2-2 overall after the non-league setback.
“We played a dominant player in the Wade girl, but we should have done a better job on defense and boxing out on her as she controlled the game when she was in there — and the referees let her. She is very talented but does not need any extra help,” the coach added.
Tabel noted that Bishop Grimes took 34 free throws to his team’s four. “It was physical, but we did not foul more than them,” Tabel said. “As a matter of fact we fouled less then them, but that is not how the officials saw it at all,” he said.
The Cobras took control early, moving to a 23-8 lead after the first quarter en route to winning for the second time in as many games this season. They led 41-19 at halftime and 68-34 after three periods. Maria Naylor added 13 points and Brianna Squier added 12 for the winners.
Brenna Johnson paced Homer with 10 points while Cornwell and Earle had nine each. Emily McNeill scored seven points and earned praise from Tabel, who noted that she “gave us an offensive spark off the bench by being active around the basket.”
HOMER JVs led 21-10 after three quarters and held on for a 32-26 win over Bishop Grimes to improve to 3-1 on the season. Jerze Joseph led the way with 12 points while Abby Wagner and Reagan O’Donnell had seven each.
“The girls played hard throughout the game, but as Bishop Grimes made three 3-pointers and was 5-for-8 from the line in the fourth quarter it became a closer game,” Trojans coach Cris Colasurdo said. “We were up by one point with just over a minute to play, after having a 10- or 12-point lead at times. Jerze and Abby both made crucial baskets in the last minutes to keep the lead, scoring six and five points, respectively, in the fourth.
“We started strong, scoring 12 points in the first quarter, but then struggled to score as Bishop Grimes stepped up the pressure.”
Colasurdo praised Joseph, Wagner and O’Donnell for their consistent play and cited Taylor Netti for her aggressive play on the defensive end.
Caroline Wilkinson led the Cobras with 12 points.
Both Trojan squads host Mexico Saturday at SUNY Cortland, the JV game getting things underway at 7 p.m.
— Cortland High girls will chase after their first win of the season this evening, the Purple Tigers playing non-league hosts to the Purple Lions out of Dryden. That game is a 7 p.m. start at Shafer Gymnasium.
— Homer boys will host Cazenovia this evening on their ‘home floor’ — SUNY Cortland’s Corey Gymnasium. The JVs start things at 5:30 p.m.
Cortland High hosts Jordan-Elbridge in a Wednesday non-league at Shafer Gymnasium, with the junior varsity squads tipping off at 5:30 p.m.