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Verona girls down Wheaton, boys fall in OT

Monday, December 10, 2012

Times Photo by Jared Lankford Charges accepted. Wheaton senior Justin Walker plows into Verona sophomore Tomas Estrada during the Ozark 7 Conference opener on Dec. 7.
It was a mixed bag of results for Verona High School basketball on Dec. 7 at Wheaton.

The Lady Wildcats earned a 43-24 victory over the Lady Bulldogs, but the Wildcats fell 52-50 in overtime.

In the girls contest, Verona (3-3) jumped out to a 8-2 lead and watched as Wheaton (0-2) responded with a 10-6 run to close the frame.

Times Photo by Jared Lankford Running the offense. Verona freshman Fatima Jimenez looks for an open teammate to pass the ball to during the Lady Wildcats over Wheaton on Dec. 7.
The Lady Wildcats clung to a 14-12 lead to start the second period.

"We are a very young team," said Wheaton coach Jason Webb. "I was really proud of the way our girls responded in that first period. The main goal for us is to play more games, and grow as a team."

The Lady Wildcats clamped down in the second quarter outscoring Wheaton 8-2 in the period. Shelby Barsotti led the way for the purple and gold with six points in the frame.

Times Photo by Jared Lankford Career night. Verona senior Seth Losack scored 27 points in the Dec. 7 game against Wheaton. Verona coach Brad Stewart stated that Losack's overall performance was one of the best, by a guard, he had seen in his coaching career.
"We played hard and played as a team for 32 minutes tonight," said Verona coach Ryan Yates. "I would like to see us be more consistent on the offensive end. We have several players learning new roles, we need to play more."

The Lady Wildcats extended their advantage in the third quarter outperforming the Lady Bulldog 14-2 in the frame to lead 37-16 to start the fourth quarter.

Scoring for Wheaton: Amanda Munday and Shelby Medley, 10 points each; and Kelly Alvarado and Brittany Harmon, 2 apiece.

Scoring for Verona: Barsotti, 14; Jessica Youngberg, 11; Taylor Pinkly, 8; Tori Pinkly, 6; and Leann Hesemann, 4.

Verona boys

In the nightcap, Wheaton (3-3) clipped Verona (3-3) 52-50 in overtime.

Times Photo by Jared Lankford Two points. Tori Pinkly scores 2 of her 6 six points on a break away layup during the Lady Wildcats 43-24 victory over Wheaton on Dec. 7. Verona will be in action on Dec. 13 against Miller.
Wheaton senior Jory Bartkoski sent the game into overtime with a layup as time expired and then hit the game-winning jumper with 28 seconds remaining in the extra session.

"Tonight was the first time Jory was himself," said Wheaton coach Rusty Roe. "He had been battling injuries and tonight he showed what he could do when healthy."

The Bulldogs spoiled a career scoring night for Verona senior guard Seth Losack who had 27 points.

"Seth's game at the guard position is one of the best that I have seen as a coach," said Verona skipper Brad Stewart. "He is a great leader on the floor. I thought we took good shots coming down the stretch we just couldn't get them to go down."

Wheaton started the game strong leading 13-7 after the first period and 21-18 at halftime.

Every time the Wildcats seemed poised for a big run the Bulldogs answered.

Verona first lead of the contest came at the 3:33 mark of the third period on Justin Smith's trey from the right baseline.

Verona closed the third period with a 9-3 run to lead 29-23 to start the final quarter.

The Wildcats' Ascencion Estrada opened the fourth period with a layup to give Verona a 31-25 lead.

Wheaton quickly responded with a 9-4 push to pull within 1 point at 35-34 with 4:06 left in regulation.

Verona twice extended the lead (39-36, 43-39) only to watch Matt Hickman and Justin Yeary hit 3-pointers to prevent the Wildcats from pulling away.

Leading 43-42, Verona had two opportunities to salt the game away in the final 10 seconds but could only connect on one of three free throw attempts.

Wheaton gabbed the rebound on the final Wildcat miss.

Bartkoski took the outlet pass and raced down the left side of the court laying the ball through the cylinder just before time expired to force overtime.

The Wildcats built a 50-46 lead in the extra session with 1:25 remaining in the contest.

The Bulldogs responded with a 6-0 run with 4 points by Hickman and Bartkoski's connecting on a five-foot jumper with 28 seconds left.

Verona came up just short missing two shots in the final seven seconds, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Scoring for Wheaton: Bartkoski, 15 points; Yeary, 13; Hickman, 9; Chase Cantwell, 7; Justin Walker, 6; and Tyler Musick, 2.

Scoring for Verona: Losack, 27 points; Ascencion Estrada, 11; Tomas Estrada, 4; Smith and Brent Downs, 3 apiece; and Dalton Miller, 5.

Verona will be in action on Dec. 13 against Miller.

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