October 27, 2021

Trojans get emotional win for coach

OHSL-IAC Girls’ Basketball

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MORAVIA — The Homer Central girls’ varsity basketball team played well in the first half and enjoyed a lead, but the switch was flicked on in the third quarter and that’s all the Trojans needed to pick up a good non-league win.

Homer scored 25 points in the third quarter to go from a 23-17 halftime lead to 48-31. Moravia tried to mount a fourth quarter comeback, but the Trojans held on for the 55-47 win as Trojan head coach C.J. Kudla returned to the school that gave him his coaching start. The Trojans improve to 5-7 overall while Moravia dips to 3-4.

“We played tremendous defense tonight and it turned into a ton of transition points,” Kudla said. “It was a intensely emotional game as I took on a team full of kids I really love and care about and a coach (John Crossgrove) who is really near to my heart. Our girls mentioned be-ore the game that they wanted to get this one for me. I told them this isn’t about me. It’s all about you and winning a game. It’s just another night in the gym, so go out and play. Moravia will always have a place in my heart. I owe that community and those families a lot, but I’m a Trojan now and there is nothing I love more than getting up everyday to teach and coach for the Big Blue Pride Community.”

Catherine Apker powered Homer with her double-double. Apker scored 17 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to go with five steals Apker went 9 for 13 from the free throw line. Sarah Sovocool added 13 points, eight rebounds and five steals while Katlyn Sovocool netted 11 points with seven rebounds and six steals.

Brianna Steger led Moravia with 12 points. Katherine Baylor netted 10 points while Madison Kelly and Brooke Steger collected eight points each for the Blue Devils.

Homer will be off until the Trojans travel to Bishop Grimes for a 6:30 p.m. non-league game Friday. The JV game will tip off at 5 p.m.

Homer JV girls played hard the entire game, but they came up a little short as Moravia posted a 40-36 victory. The Junior Trojans fall to 5-6 overall.

“The girls did a nice job playing with intensity for four quarters,” Homer coach Cris Colasurdo said. “We did a better job converting the steals for points but we still had too many turnovers with 34. I need to help them settle down and see what they have so we don’t turn it over due to forcing things.”

Homer took an 11-8 lead in the first quarter and clung to a 20-19 edge at halftime. Moravia turned things around for a 30-27 advantage through three quarters and held on down the stretch.

Kayla Miller led Homer with 14 points and Isabelle Fitzpatrick netted 10 points.

Moravia had a balanced attack with Olivia Genson scoring eight points. Kayleigh Utter and Lindsey Genticore added six points each.