"What I saw tonight was an inexperienced team face a good team," said Verona coach Brad Stewart. "I told the boys that our season wasn't going to be defined by whether or not we beat the Bluejays. It is defined by how much we grow."
The Wildcats return two starters from last year's squad who accounted for 12 percent of their scoring. This year's team is still trying to gel.
Seth Losack scored 4 of his team high 16 points to open the second quarter to pull the Wildcats within 15-9 but Verona couldn't get any closer, and Clever took a 28-14 lead into halftime.
A 13-0 run by the Bluejays to open the third period was ended with a Losack triple at the 4:54 mark. Clever won the frame 21-10 to lead 49-24 after three quarters.
"We struggled with their size," said Stewart. "I like the way we hustled and didn't have a problem with our effort. Clever is going to be a good Class 3 team and a tough matchup for anyone."
Verona dropped the JV contest 43-39
Fisher led the Bluejays with 20 points including five 3-pointers. Also scoring for Clever were: Travis Pennewell, 15 points; Matt Hamilton, 9; Colton Pemberton, 6; Jaren Albright, 5; Brayden Daniel, 4; and Alex Petrochilos, 1.
Losack finished with 16 points to lead Verona. Also scoring for the Wildcats were: Brent Downs, 5 points; Larry Patterson and Justin Smith, 4 each; Ascencion Estrada, 3; and Dalton Miller and Seth Hilton, 2 apiece.
Verona will be in action on Nov. 27 at the Pierce City Tournament.