Exeter clips Verona in overtime
The Verona Lady Wildcats traveled to Exeter on Feb. 8 for an Ozark 7 Conference hardwood clash against coach Jason Cole's Lady Tigers for Exeter's homecoming. Exeter prevailed in overtime, 39-33.
It was a defensive battle that the Lady Wildcats (9-12) never led. Verona's Shelby Barsotti buried a 3-pointer with a minute and a half left to play that knotted the game at 33-33. The shot helped erase the 10-point lead that Exeter held late in the third quarter.
"That was a huge shot," said Verona coach Ryan Yates. "It gave us a chance to win. If we execute our offense better, it might not have to come down to a shot like Shelby's to give us that chance.
"I give a lot of credit to Exeter and Coach Cole. He does a good job and always has his teams ready to play," continued Yates. "Hopefully, we will get another shot at them in districts."
When asked about the game-tying shot, Cole said, "We were stressing to the girls to not sag. We were too far out to close on that shot."
Unfortunately for Yates and his Lady Wildcats, Exeter's Rayanna Fare dominated the overtime session, scoring 6 of her game-high 19 points in the extra period.
|"Rayanna stepped up big for us tonight," said Cole. "She is a capable of doing many different things for our team."|
Cole and his Lady Tigers improved to 14-9 on the season and hope the game will help prepare them for districts.
"We have played a lot of close games this season," said Cole. "Some would say that maybe we have overachieved. All I know is we have come a long way from where we were this summer.
"We are kind of a blue collar team. We are not extremely flashy on offense, but I am very proud of how the girls have bought in," Cole added.
Scoring for Exeter: Fare, 19 points; Logan Senters, 10; Bailey Bowman, 6; and Rylie Odenbrett and Kitana Gregory, 2 each.
Scoring for Verona: Taylor Pinkly, 11 points; Barsotti, 9; Leann Hesemann and Hannah Hilton, 5 apiece; and Tory Pinkly, 3.