After an Ozark 7 Conference win over Thomas Jefferson last Thursday, the Verona Lady Wildcats returned to non-conference play early this week, hosting the Crane Lady Pirates. Despite a 26-point performance by junior Twilah Carrasquillo, the home team was outmatched, falling 67-36 to drop to 9-11 overall on the season.

Crane would get on the board early, knocking down a three-pointer on the first possession as a sign of things to come throughout the remainder of the game. Verona managed to get on the scoreboard a minute and a half into the contest, but a strong full-court press by the visitors kept the Lady Wildcats from building any momentum on the offensive end.

After falling behind 19-10 in the first quarter, fatigue set in early in the second, as Crane kept up the pressure. After a couple of substitutions, Verona began to break the press more consistently, but the home team still struggled to keep the opposition from scoring on the other end. At halftime, the Crane lead had grown to 14 points with the scoreboard reading 38-24.

It was more of the same in the third quarter, as Verona failed to find its offensive rhythm and Crane kept on rolling. By about the five-minute mark in the final period, the Lady Pirates had managed to build a 30-point lead, giving way to the running clock. With the fourth quarter shortened and the Verona players spent, the night ended with a disappointing loss.

Carrasquillo's 26 points made up the vast majority of the Lady Wildcats' offense on the night. Freshmen Paige Bauer and Sydney Gamroth each added four points, while junior Ashley Freiburger contributed two.

Verona will be on the road at Spokane on Monday before returning home for a double-header with the boys' team against Wheaton on Tuesday.