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Verona stays busy with four games in two days

Monday, December 17, 2012

Times Photo by Jon Whitlock Verona High School senior Justin Smith focuses to score 2 points for the Wildcats against Miller. [Order this photo]
The Verona High School varsity basketball teams stayed busy on Dec. 13 and Dec. 14.

The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats each fell to Miller on Thursday then rallied to defeat Golden City of Friday.

The Lady Wildcats earned a hard-fought 39-21 victory over the Lady Eagles on the 14th.

Times Photo by Jon Whitlock Spreading the floor. Dalton Miller stretches the defense with his 3-point attempt during the Verona boys' Dec. 13 game against Miller. [Order this photo]
Golden City led 15-14 at halftime, but watched as Shelby Barsotti got hot in the third quarter, hitting three treys and a 16-foot jump shot to propel the purple and gold to a 26-17 lead.

"The biggest key for us tonight is that we hit shots in the second half," said Verona coach Ryan Yates. "Shelby (Barsotti) stepped up and led us on a nice run. It was a good team win."

Verona outscored the Lady Eagles 25-6 in the second half.

Times Photo by Jon Whitlock The Verona Lady Wildcats split their games with Miller and Golden City on Dec. 13 and 14 respectively. Above, Tori Pinkly attempts a 3-point shot against Miller. [Order this photo]
Scoring for Verona: Barsotti, 17 points; Taylor Pinkly, 11; Leann Hesemann, 4; Hannah Hilton, Tori Pinkly and Tessa Bilyeu, 2 each; Jessica Youngberg, 1.

Verona boys

The Wildcats, in the Friday nightcap of the doubleheader, secured a 41-35 win.

"It all boiled down to the fact we made two plays and they didn't," said Verona head coach Brad Stewart. "The boys played gritty and got a victory."

The Eagles tied the contest 33-33 with 7:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. Verona closed the contest out with an 8-2 push that provided the margin of victory.

The Wildcats led 14-10 at the end of the first and 23-20 at halftime.

Both schools spent the third period trading baskets before a 8-3 spurt by the Eagles tied the game.

Verona tightened on the defensive end only yielding one more basket at the 4:14 mark of the fourth period.

A free throw from Tomas Estrada and a 3-pointer from Ascencion Estrada gave the purple and gold the lead for good.

Scoring for Verona: Seth Losack, 11 points; Ascencion Estrada, 11; Tomas Estrada, Brent Downs and Dalton Miller, 7 apiece.

Miller games

The Lady Wildcats struggled in the second half against the Miller Lady Cardinals on Thursday and fell 53-36.

"We fought hard defensively," said Yates. "The Pinkly sisters helped keep us in the game offensively until the fourth quarter. We need to continue to improve and learn from this loss."

Miller led 8-12 at the end of the first period and 30-22 at halftime.

Verona cut into the lead in the third frame, outscoring the Lady Cardinals 10-8 but only managed 4 points in the final period.

Scoring for Verona: Taylor Pinkly, 17 points; Tori Pinkly, 10; and Hesemann, Youngberg and Barsotti, 3 apiece.

The Wildcat boys also struggled and couldn't sustain a second half rally, falling 55-44.

"Miller is a big, strong and athletic team," said Stewart. "We gave up weight and height at every position. I was proud of my boys because I knew that gave me everything they had tonight."

Ascencion Estrada's old-fashioned 3-point play with 6:30 left in third gave Verona a 31-29 lead.

Miller responded with two Riley Jack triples to spark a 13-2 push to end the third quarter.

The Wildcats struggled to get their shots to fall in the final period as Miller held on for the win.

Scoring for Verona: Ascension Estrada and Losack, 15 points; Downs, 6; and Tomas Estrada and Justin Smith 4 points each.

The Wildcats host Marionville on Dec. 18. The Lady Wildcats travel to Galena on the Dec. 20. Both games are set to tip off at 6 p.m.

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