It was a successful final home game of the regular season for the Homer Central girls’ varsity basketball team Monday night.
Shawnessy Earle became the Lady Trojans’ career 3-point record holder as the senior hit four treys for a team-high 12 points to lead Homer to a 48-32 OHSL Liberty American Division victory over visiting Solvay. Earle padded her single season record for 3-pointers by moving her total to 49. Earle also now has 112 career 3-pointers to pass the former career mark of 109 set by Ashley Brown from 2005-2008. Earle passed Cornwell’s older sister Carissa (2007-2011) for 13th on the alltime scoring list. Cornwell had 504, Earle is now at 516. Ironically, Brown is next on that list in 12th place with 520 points.
“I couldn’t have done it without my team,” Earle said. “My family has always been there to support me as well. I wouldn’t have known about the record if not for my Dad (Shawn). I need to thank him the most.
“It’s exciting to be going back to sectionals. This is our time (for the seniors), we want to go as deep as we can.”
Homer (6-6 in the division and 9-11 overall) will learn of its first opponent after Wednesday’s Section 3, Class B seeding meeting and could have a game as quickly as Thursday night. Solvay slips to 4-7 in the division and 7-12 overall with a game against Skaneateles still on its schedule.
“I’ve been pretty anxious the last couple of games for her to get it too,” Homer coach C.J. Kudla said. “I wanted her to get it out of the way. She been a great leader this year, especially coming off the bench those first couple of games in the beginning of the year. I’m proud of her reaching this accomplishment because she really has been a phenomenal leader to the underclassmen. This season hasn’t been about Shawnessy Earle and her 3-pointers or beating that goal, but it’s been about winning basketball games. She has been a selfless individual on the court and off the court doing team stuff.”
Earle tied the career with her first shot from the left wing 29 seconds into the game to give Homer a 3-0 lead that the Trojans would never surrender all night long. Gracie Patriarco had six of her 10 points in the first quarter to help Homer take a 14-6 lead.
Earle hit the first bucket of the second quarter, another 3-pointer from the right wing, to put the Trojans up by double digits and set the new career mark. Mackayla Macdowall added a trey as Homer would build a 25-12 cushion by halftime.
Earle collected her final two 3-pointers during the third quarter as Homer maintained a 13-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter. In all, seven players scored during the second half as the Trojans led by as many as 20 points, 45-25, midway through the final quarter. Solvay had a little 7-0 run to close to 45-32 in the fourth quarter, but Abby Wagner made one free throw and Cassidee Peck sank two more free throws for the final 48-32 total.
Allie Posnick had a game-high 14 points for Solvay. Posnick was the only Bearcat in double figures.
HOMER JVs closed out their season at 9-10 overall after a 47-31 loss to Solvay to kick-off the night’s activities.
The game tied at 8-8 after one quarter and 15-15 at halftime. Solvay took a 28-23 lead as the third quarter ended and pulled away with 19 points in the fourth quarter.
Kaya Watts led three Solvay players in double figures with a game-high 13 points. Olivia Petralito added 12 points and Maggie Kemp had 10 points for the Junior Bearcats.
Lauren Walling paced Homer with 11 points. LeeAnna Peck added 10 points to the Homer offense.
“I kept seeing improvement in these final games of the season and you want to keep going forward,” Homer coach Cris Colasurdo said. “The girls have all been hard workers and we adjusted as the season went along. It’s tough going from the modified level to the JV level. They saw the increase in intensity and the speed of play at this level. Lauren and Annie (Gilbert) were the only two who started this season with a lot of minutes as JVs last year. A lot of new faces this year and I was pleased with their effort throughout the season. They are a good hardworking group of girls who made a lot of progress this season.”