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Verona stays busy basketball trek

Monday, January 14, 2013

Times Photo by Jared Lankford Pull up jumper. Verona's Tomas Estrada scores 2 points for Verona at Hurlery on Jan. 10.
Verona High School's basketball teams stayed busy on the court playing back-to-back nights on Jan. 10 and 11.

The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats split a pair of hoop tilts on Jan. 10 at Hurley.

The Lady Wildcats held on for a 42-41 victory, while the Tigers defeated the Wildcats fell 61-47.

Times Photo by Jared Lankford On the floor. Verona sophomore Tori Pinkly dives after a loose ball during the Lady Wildcats' victory over Hurley on Jan. 10.
On the following evening, Verona swept a pair of victories from conference foe McAuley.

Against Hurley, the Lady Wildcats led almost wire-to-wire. Verona held a 16-4 lead after one period and a 30-17 cushion at halftime.

The second half proved challenging. Fouls, turnovers and Hurley's pressure played havoc on the Lady Wildcats. Verona still held a 34-27 edge to start the final period.

Hurley wouldn't go away and opened the fourth period with a 10-2 run to take a 37-36 lead with 4:44 left in the contest.

Tori Pinkly and Jessica Youngberg hit back-to-back triples to give the purple and gold a 42-37 lead with 2:37 left.

The Lady Tigers cut the deficit to 42-40 with five seconds left then stole the ball from Verona. A foul with one tenth of a second left gave Hurley two charity tosses of which they only converted the first toss.

Hurley, as a team shot 32 free throws and only made 12.

"We'll take the victory," said Verona coach Ryan Yates. "Pinkly and Youngberg hit some clutch shots. We need to work on being stronger with the ball."

Scoring for Verona: Taylor Pinkly, 17 points; Shelby Barsotti, 10; Youngberg, 9; Leann Hesemann, 4; and Tori Pinkly, 3.

On Friday, Verona downed McAuley 36-32.

Verona boys

The Wildcat boys (10-7, 3-1) fell 61-47 to open their two-game stretch.

Verona led 13-11 after one period at Hurley, only to watch the Tigers win the second quarter 20-14.

Hurley outpaced Verona 16-8 in the third period and hit key free throws in the fourth quarter to hang on for the win.

"They hit some big shots tonight and we fouled too much," said Verona coach Brad Stewart. "We have to improve."

Scoring for Verona: Seth Losack, 16 points; Ascencion Estrada, 9; Tomas Estrada, 8; Dre Sitton, 3; and Justin Smith, Seth Hilton and Cody Music, 2 each.

Against McAuley, Verona held on for a 58-57 win.

"We led by 17 at half," said Stewart. "Then we lost the lead in the fourth quarter. Seth (Losack) hit two big shots including the game winner with under 20 seconds to go."

Scoring for Verona: Losack, 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists; Ascencion Estrada, 19 points and three steals; Dalton Miller, 15 points; and Tomas Estrada and Justin Smith, 2 points each.

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