With remaining weeks growing short ahead of district seeding, area basketball teams are still looking to pick up wins to pad their records in the 2018-19 season.
For Verona, the Lady Wildcats have been able to do just that over the past week, adding a pair of road wins to improve to 12-6 overall on the year. Brandon Weiss's team defeated McAuley Catholic in a boys/girls sweep last Friday, narrowly pulling out a 50-49 victory.
Monday's game at Southwest went a bit more smoothly, as the Lady Wildcats cruised to a 59-23 win over the Lady Trojans. The team will look to keep improving on its winning record on Tuesday, as it hosts College Heights for an Ozark 7 Conference matchup.
The Marionville girls got off to a tough start in their home tournament, dropping their opening game of the Lady Comet Classic 53-28 against the second-seeded Ash Grove Lady Pirates.
Kaylee Neveln was the leading scorer for Marionville with nine points, followed by Kelsie Grimm with eight and Chelsey Hupp with six. Alyssa White added a late three and Paige Murphy finished with two.
Due to the possibility of inclement winter weather, the tournament's schedule was changed, leaving Marionville to play Wednesday night in the loser's side of the bracket. Wednesday's result will determine the time of their Friday contest to be played at the middle school.
It was a rough week for Aurora teams as well, as the girls fell 57-26 at Springfield Catholic and the boys dropped back to back games on the road against Monett (61-48) and Mt. Vernon (63-31).
The Lady Houns will be back in action on Monday at East Newton, looking to improve on a 3-8 overall record. The Houn' Dawgs will host Marshfield on Friday before competing next week in the Conway Tournament.