In area basketball tournaments last night, the Monett Cubs lost but the Verona and Exeter girls were victorious.
A 14-3 run in the first quarter enabled the host Carl Junction Bulldogs to gain a 16-10 lead enroute to besting the Cubs in the opening round 69-49.
Monett, 4-11 on the year, trailed 35-16 by intermission.
"We let Carl Junction come out and set the tone for the game and never responded," said Monett Coach Ty Goetz. "I was disappointed in our energy and intensity."
Kennon Cox led the Cubs in scoring with 13 points. Other players scoring for Monett were Kyle Woods with 11 points, Jacob Fair and Spenser Witt with 5 points each, Josh Shaner with 4 points, Jarred Witt with 3 points and Trenton Pierce and Tyler Webb with 2 points each.
Monett plays Seneca tonight and Parsons (Kan.) tomorrow night in the round robin event.
Verona built a 38-26 lead by halftime on he way to beating Mt. Vernon 73-66 in the semifinals.
"The girls played hard, executed offensively and worked as a team," said Verona Coach Ryan Yates.
Tristan Carrasquillo led Verona in scoring with 26 points. Also contributing to the win were Jenna Chadd with 23 points, Jessica Smith with 16 points and Beth Bigham with 8 points.
Bigham and Chadd led Verona on the boards with six rebounds each. Carrasquillo led the team in steals with five.
Verona will face Miller on Saturday for the tourney title.
The Exeter Lady Tigers pulled out to a 32-12 lead by intermission and went on to defeat Diamond 57-27 in the semifinals.
Shelby Bowman led Exeter's attack with 21 points. Also scoring for the Lady Tigers were Destani Stensrud with 17 points, Ashton Scott with 6 points, Chelbie Kern with 5 points, Sarah Staples with 3 points, Nicholle O'Neill with 2 points and Lyndsay Kidwell with 1 point.
Exeter will meet Commerce (Okla.) on Saturday for the tourney title.