Local teams faced off on Monday, as Marionville visited Verona for a girls' basketball showdown, but it was all Lady Wildcats as the home team rolled to a 60-24 victory.
It was the fourth win on the year for the Lady Wildcats under new coach Brandon Weiss, their first at home after a 2-1 showing in the Diamond Tournament and season opener win at Spokane.
Verona wasted no time taking control of the game, rolling to a 9-0 lead before the Lady Comets got on the board with four and a half minutes to go in the first quarter. Behind a nine-point quarter from senior Twilah Carrasquillo, the home team enjoyed a 19-6 lead after one period.
Marionville struck first in the second quarter on a shot by freshman Emma Barrickman, but too many turnovers kept the Lady Comets from cutting into the home team's lead. At the halftime buzzer, the Lady Wildcats held a 28-13 lead.
The Lady Comets had their best quarter of the night in the third, but unfortunately for the Marionville fans, so did Verona. The Lady Wildcats increased the lead to 26 points by the end of the period, when the scoreboard read 48-22.
Eventually getting to 30-point lead territory, the home team made quick work of the visitors in the running-clock-shortened fourth quarter. Marionville scored just once in the period, hitting the final bucket of the game.
Carrasquillo finished as the game's leading scorer, outscoring the opponent's total with her 32 points. Verona's Paige Bauer finished just ahead of Barrickman's point total, the two scoring 14 and 13 points, respectively.
For the Lady Wildcats, Rita Castillo and Sydney Gamroth finished with five points each, with Ashley Freiburger adding four. Kaylee Neveln scored five for Marionville, followed by four from Kelsie Grimm and two by Isabella Stephens.
Verona will play at home again on Friday against Miller and against Greenfield on Tuesday, while Marionville will follow up a Thursday home game with another on Monday against Hurley.