Verona was nearly doubled up at home by the Southwest Lady Trojans on Friday night. The Lady Wildcats fell 53-27 to Southwest.
"Our two freshmen starters made it hard for (Tristan) Carrasquillo to get in a rhythm," observed Southwest's Steve Rissler. "Our bigs rebounded well and that turned into easy run-out baskets for our guards."
The Lady Trojans jumped to an 18-7 lead in the opening period and held a commanding 32-13 advantage at the half. A 14-4 third period put the game out of reach, although Verona would score 10 points in the final period.
Southwest improves to 15-8 overall and 6-2 in the Ozark 7 Conference. Verona falls to 12-9 overall and 4-4 in league play. The Lady Trojans finish their regular season when they host Exeter for Senior Night on Thursday night. The Lady Wildcats conclude their regular season at Purdy that same night.
Next week, Southwest opens Class 3 District 12 play at Mt. Vernon when they face off against Clever on Monday night at 9 p.m.
Verona and Exeter both play on Saturday in the Class 1 District 4 Tournament at Rogersville. The Exeter Lady Tigers face Koshkonong at 11 a.m., and the Verona Lady Wildcats play Lutie in the 12:30 p.m. contest.
Southwest scorers: Taylor Mettlach, 16; Montana Hendrix, 13; Michaela Mitchell, 12, Nicole Ickes, 8; Shannon Mitchell, 4; and Cadie Swindle, 2.
Verona scorers: Tristan Carrasquillo, 12; Taylor Pinkly, 6; and Shelby Barsotti, Jessica Youngberg, Rachel Welters and Whitney Shue, 2 each.