"The girls came out ready to play," said Yates. "We got off to a really hot start and never looked back. TC (Tristan Carrasquillo) really helped us establish a tempo, and the team came together."
Carrasquillo scored 40 points in the contest. She scored 29 points in the first 11 minutes of the ball game.
Verona dominated on both the offensive and defensive glass, outrebounding the Lady Indians 38 to 17.
Yates went to his bench early in the second half, but the Verona scoring machine could not be stopped. The Lady Wildcats outperformed Lutie 19-2 in the third and 10-4 in the fourth period.
"Today, we outworked our competition," said Yates. "In order for us to make a run in districts that type of play will have to remain a constant theme."
Scoring for Lutie were: Mikayla Meyers, 12; Vicky Yount, 5; Kelsey Meyers, 4; Karli Dilts, 3 Linda Yount, 2; and Haley Wood, 1.
Scoring for Verona were: Carrasquillo, 40; Shelby Barsotti, 11; Taylor Pinkly and Leann Hesemann, 7 each; Whitney Shue, 5; Amanda Mullen and Jessica Youngberg, 4 apiece; Rachel Welters, 3; and Tessa Bilyeu, 2.
Verona improved to 14-10 on the season and will face third-seeded Bakersfield in the district quarterfinals on Monday in Rogersville. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.