Homer girls basketball comes up just short at their home opener

(Photo provided by Tim Bennett/Cortland Voice).

Last night, at their regular season home opener, the Homer varsity girls’ basketball team lost a close one-point game (54-55) against Newfield.

"We just have to clean up," stated Homer head coach Kudla. "It's not that the kids that are not trying hard and it's not negative attitudes. It's all about cleaning it up with better angles on passes, getting open for passes, and going to passes when they are coming instead of waiting for them to fall into our hands. So it's the little things. I still think that we are a very good team."

It was a very close game with both teams attacking each other back and forth. 

By the end of the first quarter, Newfield was leading 7-11, but then Homer took a 22-18 the lead at halftime and then again at the end of the third quarter with it being 36-33.

Homer sophomore Gracie Patriarco led the team in with a total of 18 points, 5 steals and 6 rebounds with one of them being an offensive rebound. 

With there being five seconds left in the game, Homer's Sarah Sovocool made it a one-point game after scoring a quick two-pointer off of her own rebound on the paint. 

Sovocool ended the game with a total of 9 points along with a 44.4 field goal percentage and 4 steals.

Even though the Lady Trojans were able to get the ball back for one last shot, it was not enough for them to win the game.

"We have some very good basketball players on our team," said coach Kudla. "What makes them even better is that a year ago we didn't have this kind of strength, because they haven't played together for very long. But with the amount of work they put in during the off season they really started driving very well together. They know what each other's strengths are now."

Up next, the Lady Trojans will be looking for their first win of the regular season, as they travel to Jordan-Elbridge on Wednesday, December 4th. The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

Here are some more photos of last night's game (All photos are provided by Tim Bennett/Cortland Voice):