Third time is the charm for Verona against Exeter
The third time proved to be the charm for the Verona Lady Wildcats as they advanced to the Class 1, District 4 basketball championship at Sparta with a 30-18 victory over Exeter on Feb. 18.
The Lady Tigers had won the two previous meetings against their conference rival including a 39-33 overtime victory on Feb. 8.
|"We tweaked with some things on our defense prior to the game," said Verona coach Ryan Yates. "This game came down to our girl's effort. We guarded well all night."|
The Lady Wildcats' defense combined with Exeter's cold shooting allowed the purple and gold to lead 9-0 after one period.
Exeter rallied in the second period and outscored Verona 8-4 to trail 13-8 at halftime.
The Lady Wildcats continued to control the pace in the third period and led 23-14 at the final break.
The Lady Tigers only managed four points in the final period.
|Scoring for Verona: Tori Pinkly, 11 points; Taylor Pinkly, 8; Shelby Barsotti, 7; and Leann Hesemann, 4.|
Exeter and Verona pulled off twin wins in first round action at the Class 1, District 4 Tournament.
The Exeter girls downed Lutie, 38-24, while the Exeter boys defeated Lutie, 57-44.
|The Lady Tigers took care of business and the ball in defeating a Lutie team that had won only one game during the regular season.|
|Three Exeter boys scored in double figures as the Tigers defeated Lutie 57-41.|
The Verona girls more than doubled up Niangua, winning handily by 50-22, and the Verona boys dropped Bradleyville by a count of 73-38.
Verona's girls will play Chadwick in the district final on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.