Unable to come back from a big first half deficit, the Verona Lady Wildcats lost to second-seeded Couch 43-35 on Saturday in the girls division of the Ash Grove basketball tourney.
Verona dropped to 6-3 on the year.
Couch took an 11-2 first quarter lead over the seventh-seeded Lady Wildcats and increase the advantage to 21-7 by intermission.
Jessica Smith and Jenna Chad led Verona's scoring attack with 10 points each. Also scoring for the Lady Wildcats were Tristan Carrasquillo with 6 points, Beth Bigham with 5 points and Jori Dodson with 4 points.
Bigham and Chadd each had treys in the game for Verona.
The Lady Wildcats will continue tournament play on Tuesday against eighth-seeded Humansville, a 52-42 loser to third-seeded Ash Grove on Saturday.
Other results Saturday were Miller over Walnut Grove 55-52 and Fordland over Exeter 51-50.