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TJ overruns Verona

Monday, January 9, 2012

Pull-up jumper. Cody Ernsberger, a senior at Verona, pulls up for a jump shot against Thomas Jefferson on Friday night. Ernsberger finished the game with 7 points. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Thomas Jefferson Cavaliers blitzed the Verona Wildcats in the first quarter of Friday night's varsity basketball game and held on for a 44-30 victory.

The Cavaliers raced out to a 10-0 lead before the Wildcats' Cody Ernsberger ended the run. Verona trailed 18-4 at the conclusion of the first quarter.

"We had no energy once the game started," said Verona coach Brad Stewart. "I think we need some time to get some fresh legs under us. We have got to get back to what made us successful earlier in the season."

The Wildcats had trouble finding open shots against the taller Thomas Jefferson squad in the second period and trailed 26-9 at halftime.

Verona turned up the pressure in the third quarter, forcing Thomas Jefferson to speed its offense. Verona cut the advantage 37-28 by the end of the third quarter.

Thomas Jefferson's Alex Oserowsky erased any notion of a Wildcat comeback with two baskets to open the fourth quarter. Oserowsky finished the game with 18 points.

Scoring for Verona were: Nick Washam, 17; Ernsberger, 7; Wesley Kissinger, 5; and Seth Losack, 1.

Verona will be in action Tuesday night at Southwest. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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