The Marionville Comets continued their unbeaten streak to begin the 2016-17 basketball season with another win Tuesday, at the expense of the Verona Wildcats. Marionville improved to 9-0 on the season with the 79-29 road victory, while Verona dropped to 4-7 overall.
A pair of three pointers by Marionville senior Cole Brown got things started for the Comets before sophomore Eddie Gutierrez put the Wildcats on the board. The Comets then rattled off 13 straight points before Gutierrez ended the Wildcats' scoreless streak. Verona would only score on a free throw for the remainder of the quarter, trailing 29-5 after the opening period.
The home team Wildcats had their best quarter in the second, starting off with a three pointer from sophomore Anthony Martinez. Unfortunately for Coach Brad Stewart's team, though, the Comets posted the final 18 points of the period to lead 51-16 at halftime.
After the intermission, the Comet offense seemed to let off the gas a bit, scoring its lowest point total of any quarter, but the lead was already too large for the Wildcats to overcome. With the Verona offense unable to sustain any scoring runs, the teams entered the final quarter with the Comets leading 64-23.
The fourth period went by in much the same fashion, save for the running clock, and the visitors walked away with a 50-point win in the non-conference matchup.
Four Comets ended the night with double-digit points, led by Brown's 14, 10 of which came in the first quarter. Also in double-digits were seniors Levi Doyle and Aaron Head with 12 and 11 points, respectively, and sophomore Josh Goodman with 10. Senior Brandon Horn added nine to the Comets' total, while sophomore Gavin Stanton contributed eight. Also scoring for Marionville were junior Ryan Mayberry (seven), sophomores Dominick Clevenger (four) and Evan Dotson (two) and senior Nick Dean (two).
Gutierrez racked up nine points to lead the Wildcats before fouling out midway through the final quarter. Sophomore Kolton Pinkly followed with seven, while Caleb Hillhouse added four. Martinez and senior Eduardo Salas each finished with three. Sophomore Austin Valdez and freshman Jerry Ruiz-Diaz added two and one, respectively.
After a Thursday home game against Reeds Spring, the Comets will travel Friday to East Newton and next Tuesday to Greenfield to try to continue their unbeaten streak.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats will go on the road to College Heights on Friday before facing a road game against Hurley next Tuesday.