The Verona Lady Wildcats basketball team fell 58-43 to open play in the Walnut Grove Holiday Classic on Dec. 22.
"The intensity was better today and we played much more focused," said Verona coach Ryan Yates. "I was disappointed for the loss but was much happier with the effort and improvement,"
The Lady Wildcats hung tough in the first half and trailed 14-16 after the first stanza and 26-22 at the intermission.
Dora outpaced Verona 19-11 in the third period and 13-10 in the final quarter.
"We must decrease our turnovers and play smarter defense to eliminate some fouling," Yates said. "Foul trouble was definitely an impact on the game."
Scoring for Verona: Jessica Youngberg and Taylor Pinkly, 13 points apiece; Shelby Barsotti, 8; Hannah Hilton, 6; and Leann Hesemann, 3.
Verona played Billings today at noon.