A 31-point performance by junior Twilah Carrasquillo carried the Verona Lady Wildcats to a 67-53 home victory against Greenfield on Monday night, giving Verona its eighth win of the season.
The visiting Wildcats put the first two points on the board in the first quarter, but a field goal by freshman Sydney Gamroth tied the score soon after, and a three by sophomore Carolina Castillo gave Verona the lead less than two minutes into the contest.
A tough man-to-man defense helped Verona force a number of turnovers that led to points, and the home team finished the first quarter with a 22-9 lead.
The home Wildcats switched to a zone in the second quarter, a move which proved to be more beneficial to their opponents, as Greenfield was able to close the gap and eventually take the lead on a three-pointer with 60 seconds to play in the half. A minute later, the teams would go into the locker rooms with the scoreboard reading 32-31 in favor of the visitors.
After the intermission, Greenfield increased its lead to four points, but another defensive change -- back to man -- helped Verona turn the tide again. A couple of steals immediately after the switch turned into points, and the home team was again on top 47-43 at the end of three quarters.
More steals and layups helped Verona pull away in the final period, including three in a row from Carrasquillo to start the quarter. In the end, the home team finished with a comfortable advantage and moved to 8-9 overall on the season.
Carrasquillo's 31 points led the Verona offense, while Castillo finished with 11 and Gamroth added 10. Junior Rita Castillo scored eight on the night, while freshman Paige Bauer added five and junior Ashley Freiburger contributed two.
The next day the Lady Wildcats traveled to Cassville to face yet another Lady Wildcat team, falling 50-35 in the non-conference matchup to drop to 8-10 on the year.
The team will be at home again on Monday, when the Lady Wildcats will face Crane at 6 p.m.