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Verona earns conference wins over McAuley

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Verona Wildcats and Lady Wildcats traveled to Joplin on Friday night and earned two victories.

The Wildcats picked up a 67-48 decision, improving to 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the Ozark 7 Conference.

Verona lead 18-11 after one quarter of play, only to see McAuley rally to outscore the Wildcats 15 to 9 in the second period to trail 27-26 at halftime.

Verona sank six 3-pointers and outscored McAuley Catholic 26-9 in the third quarter, including an 18-4 run midway through the third to put the game away.

"We hit some open shots we weren't hitting in the first half," said Verona head coach Brad Stewart. "Our press picked up when our shots started to fall. I want to give credit to McAuley. They did some good things on offense and defense, and we had to make some adjustments."

Shaw Robertson led McAuley with 17 points. Adam Robertson and Zach Crossland each scored 10, and Cole Lowry had 8.

Cody Ernsberger was Verona's leading scorer with 23 points. Nick Washam contributed 18 points. Wesley Kissinger added 17 points. Brent Downs chipped in 3 points, and Seth Losack, Tomas Estrada and Sergio Estrada finished with 2 points each.

Verona girls

In the girls contest, Tristan Carrasquillo scored 36 points as Verona earned a 65-29 victory over the Lady Warriors.

Verona (8-4, 1-1) went on a 26-3 run during one stretch of the first half and led 37-13 at halftime.

"Tonight for us was a confidence builder," said Verona head coach Ryan Yates. "I think we're headed in the right direction. Our team chemistry was pretty good."

Also scoring for Verona were: Taylor Pinkly and Shelby Barsotti, 10 points each; and Amanda Mullen, Rachael Welters and Tessa Bilyeu, 3 points apiece.

The Lady Wildcats will be in action on Tuesday in the Marionville Lady Comet Classic where they will face Pleasant Hope. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.

The Wildcats travel to face Blue Eye in the Spokane Invitational Tournament on Tuuesday. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

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