Last second shot lifts Verona
Verona's Tristan Carrasquillo basket with 4.8 seconds remaining in the game propelled the ninth ranked Missouri Class 1 Verona Lady Wildcats to a 65-64 upset over the top ranked Missouri Class 2 Purdy Lady Eagles.
Trailing 64-63, the Lady Wildcats inbounded the ball, after a timeout with 11.4 seconds left. Verona's Jenna Chadd took the inbounds pass, dribbled to the top of the key then dished the ball to the right elbow to Carrisquillo who attacked the lane pulled up from eight feet, her shot found nothing but the bottom of the net.
"All we wanted was an open look," said Carrisquillo. "I asked for a random screen and drove around it and that gave me a good look at the basket. This was definitely our biggest win of the season. We were determined to play hard and win this game."
The sentiment of how big a win this was for the Lady Wildcat's was echoed by other teammates.
"Heck of a win," said Chadd. "This was a big win for us. We kept our composure and beat a very good team. I think we earned some respect tonight."
Purdy would have one more shot before time expired.
The Lady Eagles got the ball to Shelby White, who drove the length of the floor and put up a 12-foot shot for the win. The shot hit the backboard and front iron but caromed out.
"'No fouls' is what I told the girls," said Verona Head Coach Ryan Yates. "We pressured full court because I wanted them to use a little more time. I thought Taylor Pinkly did a great job on White forcing her to take a tough shot."
"Losing this game is only going to make us more determined," said White. "The choice is ours, do we go up or down from here."
Tied at 28 at halftime, the Lady Wildcats knew the third quarter would be pivotal.
"Purdy is a great team," said Yates. "We stressed to our girls the importance of the third quarter and not falling behind. I thought our game plan was solid and execution was great. I told the girls that the only way we could win is if we gave all of our heart and energy. I told them 'Don't tell me after the game you have energy left' I believe they laid it all on the court tonight."
Tied at 28 to begin the third quarter, Verona built a nine-point lead using the three-ball. The Lady Wildcats outscored Purdy 21-14 in the frame to take a 49-42 lead into the fourth stanza.
"This loss isn't the end of the world for us," said Purdy Coach Grant Young. "We made some mistakes that really cost us. We allowed a good shooting team to grab 14 offensive boards (which led to 12 second chance points). Shelby (White) and Audrey (Patton) played a very good game.
"I told the girls that we have a choice of how to respond to this game," explained Young. "We can fold and let this loss define our season or we can learn from it and get better as a team. Credit Carrisquillo; she made a play when they had to make one."
Trailing 49-42 to start the fourth quarter, Purdy's White and Patton began to assert themselves, accounting for 16 of the team's 22 points in the period.
"I knew it was time for me to take over," said White. "I tried to step up and help us win."
White found Patton with 33 ticks left to give Purdy a 64-63 lead.
"We got outplayed three out of four quarters," said Patton. "We have to be better next time and can't let this get us down. We came up short."
Verona now has a target painted on its back as it takes the lead in the Ozarks 7 Conference title race.
"We have to refocus ourselves," said Yates. "We have games on Friday and Saturday and we must avoid any let down. We got what we wanted, when you win games you earn respect and this was a quality win."
Purdy was led in scoring by White with 23 points. Also scoring for the Lady Eagles was: Patton, 19 points; Swadley 10 points; Addy Roller and Brittany Mareth 6 points each.
Carrasquillo paced Verona with 26 points. Chadd finished with 19 points. Jessica Smith recorded 9 points. Taylor Pinkly finished with 6 points, and Leann Hesemann notched 4 points.
The Lady Eagles will be in action tonight against McAuley. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.
Verona host Exeter tonight. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.
Purdy vs. Verona boys
The Purdy Eagles took flight in the third quarter, outscoring Verona 23-4 en route to a 58-29 victory in Thursday night basketball action.
"It wasn't a perfect victory," said Purdy Head Coach Tommy Egan, "We struggled offensively, missed too many open shots and looked a little off-balanced at times. We did enough to win and played hard."
The Eagles led 13-8 at the end of the first quarter and 24-13 at halftime.
"It was rough," said Verona Head Coach Brad Stewart. "We couldn't execute and got outworked."
Devon Bennett led Purdy's scoring surge with 16 points. Cody Hall added 10 points. Landon Terry chipped in 8 points. T.J. Farris and Kevin Miller recorded 6 points each. Alex Haworth tallied 4 points. Riley Veith contributed 3 points. Cameron Terry finished with 2 points, and Drew Williams notched 1 point.
Justin Smith and Seth Losack recorded 6 points apiece to lead the Wildcats. Also scoring for Verona was: Wesley Kissinger, 5 points; James Von Hauenstein 3 points; Austin Dawson, Cody Ernsberger, Nick Washam and Ryan Stanley, 2 points each; and Ascencion Estrada, 1 point.
The Eagles host McAuley tonight. Tipoff is slated for 5:30.
Verona plays Exeter tonight. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.