January 27, 2022

Homer falls to Westhill in girls hoops

Trojans’ offense falters in 55-35 loss to Warriors in tough road game

Paul Cifonelli/sports editor

Homer’s Sarah Sovocool prepares to take a free throw Thursday night at Westhill High School. Sovocool scored 12 points in Homer’s 55 35 loss.

SYRACUSE — The Homer girls basketball team couldn’t keep up with Westhill’s offense Thursday night, falling to the Warriors 55-35 in their first road game of the season.

“We just didn’t shoot well today,” Homer head coach CJ Kudla said. “We missed layups, we missed free throws, we had a ton of open looks that just didn’t go in. And they’re a good team. When you play good teams like this on the road you have to shoot well and we didn’t shoot well today.”

The Trojans shot just 15.5% (11-for-71) from the field, including 14.8% (4-for-27) from behind the arc. They also made 42.9% (9-for-21) of their free throws.

Homer also couldn’t stop Westhill’s Catherine Dadey, who erupted for 33 points. She scored 20 of those the first half. Dadey’s dominance led to a 28-17 lead at halftime.

Homer tried multiple different defenses to contain Dadey, but she continued to get open looks off of feeds from her teammates.

“I don’t know what the issue was with our help side defense tonight because we usually are right in the passing lanes and in there trying to get steals,” Kudla said. “The effort was great but we weren’t in the spots we needed to be and gave Dadey way too many open shots and she made us pay for it.”

Westhill got out to an early lead and never took the foot off the gas. They led 17-8 after the first quarter and ended up building a lead as big as 26 in the fourth quarter. Homer scored the final six points of the game to make it a 20-point final.

The Trojans’ offense mostly came from Catherine Apker and Sarah Sovocool. Apker led Homer with 14 points and Sovocool added 12.

Apker had a double-double with 10 rebounds, while also adding four assists and four steals. Sovocool also had nine steals, five assists and three rebounds. Despite all the good the duo did, they made just 14.9% (7-for-47) on the night.

Catelyn Ensign, making the first start of her varsity career, scored five points.

Kayla Miller and Fiona Hartnett both scored two points to finish off Homer’s scoring. Miller added nine boards and five steals.

Both teams were missing key contributors in the game. Gracie Patriarco has missed Homer’s first three games and Kiera Miller was out for Thursday’s game. Westhill played without Kaylin Battista and Kate Heinrich.
For Homer, shaking off the tough night is essential, as their next game is at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at Bishop Ludden.

“We’re going to have to get in the gym and we’re going to have to shoot,” Kudla said. “It doesn’t get any easier. We’re at Bishop Ludden a week from today and they’re probably the best team in Section III. We’ve got to get better and we’ve got to make open shots and we’ve certainly got to do a much better job talking on defense. We left way too many open shooters when we shouldn’t have and Bishop Ludden is a totally different kind of monster than Westhill, so we’re going to have to get a lot better in the seven days.”

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

CINCINNATUS 3, DERUYTER 0
Cincinnatus topped DeRuyter in a closely-contested three-set match. The Lions won the sets 26-24, 25-20, 27-25.

Keely Worlock and Olivia Lidell led DeRuyter, with Worlock pitching in six aces, five digs and two kills and Lidell contributing five digs, five assists and two aces.

Abrianna Whitt had five digs, Amaya Rounsaville added four and Emily Elwood notched two. Kelsey Brown led the Rockets with four kills.

Emma Denkenberger also had two blocks.


TODAY’S SCHEDULE

BOYS BASKETBALL
Oswego at Cortland, 6:45 p.m.
Skaneateles at Homer, 5 p.m.
Union Springs at Marathon, 7:30 p.m.
Madison at Cincinnatus, 7 p.m.
DeRuyter at Brookfield, 7 p.m.
Moravia at Southern Cayuga, 7:30 p.m.
Mater Dei Academy at Tully, 7 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Cortland at Oswego, 6:45 p.m.
Marathon at Union Springs, 7:30 p.m.
Southern Cayuga at Moravia, 7:30 p.m.

ICE HOCKEY
Ithaca at Cortland/Homer, 7 p.m.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
McGraw at Weedsport, 7 p.m.
Port Byron at DeRuyter, 7 p.m.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Homer, Tully, 4:30 p.m. at Utica Bubble

BOWLING
Cortland at Baldwinsville, 3:30 p.m.