Eagles, Bulldogs split games

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Going up strong Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford Devon Bennett puts up a shot during the first quarter of Thursday night's game against Wheaton as Tyler Musick attempts to alter his shot.

The Purdy Lady Eagles basketball team handled Wheaton last Thursday night, earning a 68-22 victory.

The Lady Bulldogs scored the game's first 2 points and Purdy responded by scoring the next 21 and led 23-5 at the end of the first quarter. Purdy increased its advantage to 45-15 in the second period.

"I was very proud of the team's effort tonight," said Purdy coach Grant Young. "We have really stepped up the tempo and intensity in conference play. Katie Hughes had eight rebounds tonight and that is a good sign."

Scoring for Purdy were: Addy Roller, 25 points; Mattie White, 13 points; Hughes, 8 points; Rachael Neill, 7 points; Jayse Henderson, 6 points; Billie House, 3 points; and Kat Hughes, 2 points.

"We didn't play a varsity schedule last season," said Wheaton coach Jason Webb. "We are really behind schedule in terms of developing a consistent playing rhythm. Regardless of the score tonight, I saw some positive progress on the offensive end of the floor and that was really encouraging. Purdy is a great team and made more plays."

Scoring for Wheaton were: Mariah Kochell, 8 points; Shelby Medley, 5 points; and Kasey Littlefield, Kylie Brown and Daisy Alvarado, 3 points apiece.

Purdy boys

The Purdy Eagles fell 66-52 to Wheaton in the night cap of the Ozark 7 Conference double-header.

Both teams were evenly matched for most of the contest. Wheaton led 19-18 at the end of the first quarter and 38-32 at halftime.

The third period turned the tide in the Bulldogs' favor as Purdy went five minutes and seven possessions between baskets. Wheaton outscored the Eagles 14-6 to end the third period, and Purdy couldn't string together a run in the fourth quarter to close the gap.

"I told the boys after the game that we just have to keep playing," said Purdy coach Tommy Egan. "Offensively, we got the shots we wanted. We ran plays that worked, but in the third quarter, we could not find the bottom of the net. You have to credit Wheaton for hitting its shots down the stretch."

Scoring for Purdy were: Cody Hall 13, points; Drew Williams, 10 points; Glenn Scott and Alex Haworth, 8 points each; Devon Bennett, 6 points; Garen Nelson, 3 points; and Brent Cornman, 2 points.

"I thought both teams played extremely hard tonight," said Wheaton coach Rusty Roe. "The score is not representative of how hard each team played. Purdy was able to get any shot they wanted tonight; we were fortunate enough to hit a couple more than they did."

Scoring for Wheaton were: Sean Goosetree, 16 points; Jory Bartkoski, 14 points; Jesse Mitchell, 11 points; Kyle Robbins, 8 points; Bubba Galvan, Tyler Musick and Justin Yeary, 4 points each; and Justin Walker, 2 points.

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