Verona's January 12 homecoming game was a memorable one for the Wildcats, especially junior guard Eddie Gutierrez, who set a school record on the evening with nine three-pointers.
The Wildcats rolled to a 73-36 win over McAuley Catholic, thanks in part to Gutierrez's 33-point performance. Junior Kolton Pinkly added 21 points in the win, and the night was also memorable for Austin Valdez, who scored a career-high 10 points, according to head coach Brad Stewart.
Verona followed up the homecoming win with a victory over Galena on Tuesday, winning 69-42 to move to 13-5 overall on the season.
The Wildcats got off to a slow start, trailing at halftime by a score of 22-19.
"After halftime the team made the necessary defensive and offensive adjustments and also regained our rhythm after not playing last week," said Stewart, whose team is about to face some tough Ozark 7 Conference games.
With the right strategy and energy in the second half, the team rolled to the 27-point win in front of the home crowd.
Junior Caleb Hillhouse led the Wildcats with a double-double, 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Gutierrez and Pinkly added 17 and 13 points, respectively. Junior Anthony Martinez added six points and five assists.
The Wildcats will play at Billings on Friday before traveling to Purdy for a conference matchup on Tuesday.