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Verona claims sweep of Hurley

Friday, January 13, 2012

Unlimited hang time. Cody Ernsberger collects 2 of his 6 points during the third period of the Wildcats' 57-50 victory over Hurley on Thursday night. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Verona Wildcats and Lady Wildcats defended home court and earned victories over Hurley Thursday night.

The Wildcats held off the Tigers 57-50, improving to 7-6 and ending a four-game losing skid.

"It wasn't pretty, but we'll take it," said Verona head coach Brad Stewart. "We switched from a zone pressure in the first half to a man-to-man defense in the second half and that proved to be the difference."

Automatic. Verona's Tristan Carrasquillo buries a trey during the second quarter of Verona's 60-56 victory over Hurley Thursday night. Carrasquillo finished the contest with 27 points. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Verona jumped out to a 14-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and looked to be headed toward a blowout victory, scoring the first 7 points of the second quarter.

Hurley had other intentions.

The Tigers quickly ripped off 6 points in 15 seconds before Verona could answer. Hurley followed that by scoring 13 straight points to take a 29-25 lead with 1:52 left in the first half. However, Verona's Nick Washam and Tomas Estrada combined for 6 points in the last minute of the second quarter to tie the game 31-31 at intermission.

Verona began the third quarter with a 7-point spurt thanks to two quick buckets by Wesley Kissinger and a Washam trey. Both teams would trade buckets the remainder of the quarter with Verona holding a 44-38 advantage.

Scoring for Verona were: Washam, 23; Kissinger, 15; Seth Losack, 9; Cody Ernsberger and Estrada, 4 each; and Brent Downs, 2.

Verona girls

The Lady Wildcats held on to pick up a 60-56 victory over Hurley to complete the sweep.

"The girls are playing hard and still learning new roles," said Verona coach Ryan Yates. "The best thing for us to do is to continue to play games to help us come together."

Verona led 10-5 at the end of the first quarter and 26-15 at halftime. The Lady Tigers outscored Verona 19 to 15 in the third period, but the Lady Wildcats dictated the tempo in the final period to secure the victory. Two late desperation treys by Hurley made the score appear closer than the game actually was.

Scoring for Verona were: Tristan Carrasquillo, 27; Taylor Pinkly and Shelby Barsotti, 7 each; Leann Hesemann and Jessica Youngberg, 4 apiece; and Rachel Welters, 2.

Both Verona squads are in action tonight at McAuley. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.

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