The Exeter Lady Tigers earned a lopsided victory Monday night, defeating Verona 52-25 in the opening round of the Class 1, District 4 tournament at Aurora.
The Lady Tigers took no time to exert their dominance on the court, using full court pressure to limit the Lady Wildcats to 8 points in the first half. Exeter led 26-8 going into the half-time locker room.
In the second half, Exeter continued their run, outscoring Verona 26-17 in the final two stanzas. Leading, 42-14 at the end of the third quarter, Coach Jason Cole was able to rest his starters and give his bench plenty of playing time.
With a roster numbering 14, the Lady Tigers showed great depth in the win.
Freshman Whitney Edie led all scorers with 17 points. Senior deAnna Harris followed her with 12. Others adding to Exeter's point total were Katie Chadd 7, Ashley Porter 6, Janelle Scott 4, Jennifer Malicoat 3, Kendra Divine 2 and Kendale Savage 1.
Exeter, seeded second in districts, is now scheduled to play Thomas Jefferson at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2.
That game sets up a potential face-off between Exeter and top-seeded Chadwick for the district championship, which will be played at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. That game is dependent on Exeter beating Thomas Jefferson and Chadwick defeating Golden City.
In Class 2, District 11 play at Diamond, the Southwest Lady Trojans downed Wheaton 45-41 and Purdy was ousted by Billings 22-52.
In the Wheaton-Southwest game, the Lady Bulldogs had the momentum in the first two quarters, leading 25-20 at the half. The Lady Trojans rallied in the second half and outscored Wheaton 25-16 to take the win.
Jessica Mitchell and Chelsea Sneed led Southwest with 14 points each in the win. Other Lady Trojan scorers were Jennifer Finuf and Kelsey Henry 5 each, Meagan Colf 3 and Kayla Ferguson 2.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by Jamie Crane with 12 and Johanna Baker with 11. Also contributing to the point total were Jessica Laughary 7, Carlie Senseney 5, Brooke Forgey 4 and Haley Goostree 3.
Wheaton will now play Pierce City in district semi-final action on Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Marionville overwhelmed Purdy, limiting them to less than 10 points in each quarter. Sierra Pryor was the Lady Eagles point leader with 11. She was followed by Kelly Craker and Susie King with 4 each and Avery Roller with 3.
Purdy ended their 2005-06 season with a 12-13 record.