The Homer Central boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams saw their seasons come to an end on the road in the Section 3 Class B Tournament second round Saturday.
The 14th-seeded Trojan boys lost a late lead and fell 47-41 at third-seeded General Brown.
The 15th-seed Homer girls ran into one of the strongest teams in New York State and lost at second-seeded South Jefferson 79-42.
General Brown boys 47, Homer 41: “The guys played really hard,” Homer coach Rex Ryan said. “Everything seemed to be going against us, but we kept fighting and gave ourselves a chance to win. We turned the ball over too many times and couldn’t seem to get a defensive stop when we needed it most. We gained the lead with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter, but just couldn’t get a big bucket.”
General Brown (17-4 overall) took a 16-9 lead in the first quarter thanks to a couple of 3-pointers and eight total points from Tyler Fiske. Nate Heller added six points for the Lions. Jarrett Wilbur scored seven of the nine points for Homer.
Wilbur scored seven more points in the second quarter while Gavynn Aldrich and Hunter White each buried a trey as Homer cut one point off the deficit to trail 28-22 at halftime.
The Trojans came all the way back in the third quarter with a 13-6 edge to grab a 35-34 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Aldrich stepped up with seven points in the third quarter with two points each from Jarrett Wilbur, Jon Barnes and Wyatt Wilbur.
Fiske and De’Shaun Thorigal-Brown hit key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as General Brown retook the lead and secured the win to advance to the quarterfinals.
Fiske finished with 16 points for General Brown. Thorigal-Brown added 10 points and Heller wound up with nine points for the Lions.
Jarrett Wilbur netted a game high 17 points for Homer. Aldrich finished with 10 points and Wyatt Wilbur added seven points to the Trojans’ total.
Homer wraps up the season at 11-11 overall and Ryan was pleased.
“This was a great season for us,” Ryan said. “The seniors this season have now created the new expectation for the basketball program moving forward. They were a group of kids who worked their tails off and never took a moment for granted. I’d take any of them back in a heartbeat. They are a group of kids who make people smile when they enter a room, not when they leave. I can’t thank them enough for an amazing first season as a (varsity) coach.”
South Jefferson girls 79, Homer 42: South Jefferson is ranked second in Class B in New York State. The Spartans (19-2) bolted to a 22-11 lead in the first quarter.
South Jefferson held Homer (11-11) to five points in the second quarter while scoring 21 more points for a 43-16 advantage by halftime. The assault continued in the third quarter as the Spartans built a 64-24 cushion and coasted in the fourth quarter.
Jackie Piddock went 14-for-24 from the field, including a 6 for 12 effort from 3-point range, to lead South Jefferson with 35 points. Abby Piddock added nine points and Emma Schafer netted eight points for the Spartans.
Jerze Joseph paced Homer with 18 points which included four 3-pointers. Gracie Patriarco pitched in with nine points and Katlyn Sovocool scored seven points for the Trojans.