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Verona finishes fifth in Pierce City Tournament

Monday, December 3, 2012

Times Photo by Jon Whitlock Rising up. The Verona Wildcats secured fifth place in the Pierce City Invitational. Verona earned victories over East Newton and Exeter in the tournament. Pictured above Justin Smith hits a short jumper for the Wildcats.
The Verona Wildcats basketball team (2-2) earned two solid wins over East Newton and Exeter to secure fifth place in the Pierce City Tournament.

On Dec. 1 the Wildcats handled the Exeter Tigers (1-2) 53-41.

The Tigers grabbed an early 7-4 lead. However, Verona closed out the period with a 9-2 run keyed by Dalton Miller's 3-point play to lead 13-9.

Times Photo by Jon Whitlock Soft touch. Verona senior guard Ascencion Estrada puts up a shot during the Pierce City Invitational.
Verona frustrated Exeter collecting six steals in the second quarter and forcing the Tigers to turn the ball over 21 times in the contest.

The Wildcats outscored the Tigers 14-12 in the second period to lead 27-21 at halftime.

"Defensively, we played well," said Verona coach Brad Stewart. "We need to finish shots around the basket, but it was a good night."

The Tigers tried to make a run in the third quarter and trimmed the Wildcats' lead to three points (30-27) with 4:15 left in the frame, but a Seth Losack layup gave Verona a five-point cushion it would never relinquish.

Cody Musick sank a short jump shot as time expired to lift the Wildcats to a 40-33 lead after three quarters of play.

Verona opened the final period with an 8-0 run to erase any thoughts of an Exeter comeback, and outscored the Tigers 13-8 in the quarter.

Exeter scoring leaders: Austin Johnson, 15 points; Kong Lee, 12; Blake Walker, 7; Colten Stringer, 4; Terry Cook, 2; and Ty Pendergraft, 1.

Verona scoring leaders: Losack, 17; Ascencion Estrada and Miller, 10 apiece; Tomas Estrada, 6; Brent Downs and Musick, 4 each; and Austin Dawson and Justin Smith, 2 each.

East Newton

On Nov. 30 Verona defeated East Newton 59-39 in the second round of the Pierce City Invitational.

The Patriots jumped out to a 10-6 lead in the first period.

Verona rebounded, outscoring East Newton 13-2 in the second quarter to lead 19-2 at halftime.

The Wildcats continued the pressure in the third frame outpacing the Patriots 20-11 and winning the fourth quarter 20-16.

Bryce Zimmerman led East Newton in scoring with 20 points and Sam Swartz added 7.

Ascencion Estrada paced the Wildcats with 28 points, including seven 3-pointers. Losack added 12 points. Tomas Estrada chipped in 9 points. Miller tallied 6 points. Dre Sitton and Seth Hilton finished with 2 points each.

The Wildcats host Exeter on Dec. 4. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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