The Verona Lady Wildcats fell 61-42 in the opening round of the Marionville Lady Comet Classic Tuesday night.
"We got out to a slow start and could not recover," said Verona coach Ryan Yates. "We have work to do. We need to keep improving in order to get better."
Pleasant Hope raced out to 16-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and took a 34-17 advantage into halftime.
Scoring for Verona were: Tristan Carrasquillo, 19; Taylor Pinkly, 10; Amanda Mullen, 6; Shelby Barsotti, 5; and Jessica Youngberg, 2.
The Lady Wildcats will face Monett tonight in Marionville. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m.