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Verona falls to Marionville, 57-30

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Times Photo by Jared Lankford Mad scramble. Verona sophomore, Tomas Estrada battles for a loose ball against Marionville during the Dec. 18 matchup.
Verona basketball coach Brad Stewart was brutally honest after Dec. 19, 57-30 loss to Marionville.

"We got outplayed and outcoached," said Stewart. "We ran into a team that executed at all five positions tonight and they made it look easy."

The Wildcats boast one of the smallest lineups in the area going 5'5", 5'9", 5'9", 5'9" and 5'11" compared to the Comets who's roster featured five players 6'2" or taller.

Times Photo by Jared Lankford In heavy traffic. Seth Losack, a senior at Verona High School pulls up for a short jumper against Marionville on Dec. 18.
"Were they bigger? Yes," said Stewart. "That's not why we lost. Tonight, they were smarter."

The Wildcats currently own one of the best scoring defenses in the area. Opponents average just 51.3 points against the small Verona team.

The Wildcats showed their tenacity in the first period holding the Comets to 10 points and trailed by 2 to open the second period.

Ascencion and Tomas Estrada combined to score 5 points to open the second quarter to stake the Wildcats to a 13-10 lead. However, that was the end of the highlights for the purple and gold.

Marionville woke up from their scoring coma and responded with a 16-1 run to end the first half with a 26-14 edge.

Verona switched to a matchup zone to open the third period but could stop the interior scoring of the Comets. Marionville won the frame 18-7.

"I thought we settled down in the fourth period and played some good ball," said Stewart. "The key for this team is to read the defense and know how to attack it. We didn't do that for three quarters tonight."

Scoring for Marionville: Marty Minnis and Lathan Kerans, 13 points each; Derek Malcom and Nate Hill, 8 apiece; Sam Maples, 6; Geoffrey Stafford, 5; and Ryan White and Seth Smith, 2 each.

Scoring for Verona: Ascencion Estrada, 12; Seth Losack, 8; Tomas Estrada, 5; Dalton Miller, 4; and Brent Downs, 1.

Verona opens play against Halfway on Dec. 21. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

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