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VHS Lady Wildcats continue hot streak on the basketball court

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Two points. Verona's Wesley Kissinger scores during Saturday's loss to Southwest. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Verona Lady Wildcats are probably wishing that this magical season could last forever.

On Thursday, the Lady Wildcats upset the Missouri Class 2 top-ranked Purdy Lady Eagles, and on Friday and Saturday, Verona defeated conference foes Exeter and Southwest.

On Friday, the Lady Wildcats fell behind 10-0 but battled back to foil Exeter's upset bid with a 65-61 victory.

"Overall, I thought we did a good job of keeping out composure," said Verona Head Coach Ryan Yates. "Coach (Jason) Cole does a great job preparing his team each and every time we face them. I was really worried about this game. We played with so much energy and emotion at Purdy I didn't know if we would be able to refocus for Exeter."

The Lady Tigers led 18-11 at the end of the first quarter and 33-19 at halftime.

Verona battled back in the third quarter to tie the game at the buzzer on a Jenna Chadd 3-pointer.

Scoring for Exeter were: Destani Stensrud, 24 points; Sarah Staples, 11 points; Abby Scott, 9 points; Ashton Scott, 6 points; and Breanna Varner and Chelbie Kern, 4 points each.

Jessica Smith led the Lady Wildcats in points with 24. Also scoring for Verona were: Tristan Carrasquillo, 17 points; Shelby Barsotti, 10 points; Jenna Chadd, 9 points; and Taylor Pinkly, 7 points.


On Saturday, Verona topped the Southwest Lady Trojans 53-30.

"It was a good week of basketball for us," said Yates. "We are definitely headed in the right direction. Southwest came in here ready to play. We were able to dig deep and find a way to win."

Verona led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter and expanded the lead to 32-18 at halftime.

"Turnovers killed us," said Southwest Head Coach Steven Rissler. "We are a young team that is still going through a maturation process. We are still learning to play at a high level."

Taylor Mettlach led the Lady Trojans with 8 points. Also scoring for Southwest were: Montana Hendrix, 7 points; Courtney Morgan, 5 points; Michaela Mitchell and Kirstie Ickes, 4 points each; and Cady Swindle, 2 points.

Smith paced the Lady Wildcats with 18 points. Verona also received scoring production from: Carrasquillo, 17 points; Chadd, 10 points; Pinkly, 4 points; Barsotti and Kelsei Krueger, 2 points apiece.

Pleasant Hope

The Verona Lady Wildcats fell 62-53 to Pleasant Hope in overtime on Monday.

Scoring for the Lady Wildcats were: Chadd, 17 points; Smith, 16 points; Carrasquillo, 14 points; and Pinkly and Barsotti, 3 points each.

Verona boys

On Friday, Verona fell 62-59 to Exeter.

The Tigers led 17-14 at the end of the first quarter and 35-24 at halftime

"Exeter made a couple of key plays down the stretch to beat us," said Verona Head Coach Brad Stewart. "That was the difference in the game."

Scoring for the Tigers were: Tyler White, 17 points; Kong Lee, 14 points; Dusty Hayes, 11 points; Ryan Hobbs, 9 points; Colton Stringer, 5 points; and Brendon Rayburn and Cody Stringer 3 points each.

Verona received points from: Nick Washam, 17 points; Wesley Kissinger, 15 points; Cody Ernsberger, 18 points; Seth Losack, 8 points; Larry Patterson, 6 points; and Justin Smith, 2 points.

Boys fall to SW

On Saturday, Verona fell 59-52 to Southwest.

The Trojans led 17-10 at the end of the first period, but a 22-12 run by the Wildcats knotted the game at 32 at halftime.

"We did a good job of persevering," said Southwest Head Coach Jason Horn. "Verona came out ready to play and really took it to us in the second quarter. We weren't ready for that. Thankfully, we were able to make some adjustments at halftime and pick up the win."

Verona was led in scoring by Cody Ernsberger with 17 points. Also scoring for the Wildcats were: Kissinger, 15 points; Losack, 11 points; Patterson, 4 points; Estrada, 3 points; and Washam, 2 points.

"We did a good job but came up short," said Stewart. "I like the way we are starting to play. We are really coming together as a team."

Leading the Trojans in scoring was Travis Hayworth with 25 points, including six 3-pointers. Also scoring for Southwest were: Skylar Knoll, 12 points; Jeff Elkins, 9 points; Justin Barber, 8 points; Josh Cutberth, 3 points; and Jordan Epling, 2 points.

The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats play at Southwest on Friday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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