A stirring third-quarter comeback lifted Wheaton into the lead and propelled the Bulldogs to a 75-64 Ozark 7 Conference win over the visiting Purdy Eagles on Monday night. Sean Goostree scored 30 points in a victory that kept the Bulldogs in the hunt for a conference championship.
The early going favored Purdy, as the Eagles jumped out in front 10-2 on Devin Bennett's trey and following basket at the 5:33 mark of the first quarter. Goostree scored 11 points in the period, keeping his team in a game that seemed to favor Purdy on every level. Goostree scored the last five points of the period in a 26-second span, changing the score from 21-13 to 21-18.
In the second quarter, Bennett and Cameron Terry combined for 10 points and helped Purdy establish a 42-37 halftime lead. Goostree poured in 9 more to reach the 20-point total by intermission, and Jory Bartkoski added 5 in that frame as Wheaton struggled to stay close.
But in the third quarter, Wheaton's defense turned the tide. Purdy's offense left a goose egg on the scoreboard for over five minutes, and Goostree led the Bulldogs into the lead with a 10-0 run. The Bulldogs led by 5 points twice in the period, but Cody Hall's basket beat the buzzer to keep Purdy within 54-51 at the final break.
In a foul-laden final period, Wheaton wrested control of the game away from the Eagles. Bubba Galvan scored three times from the field in just 50 seconds to give the Bulldogs a 67-59 lead. Glen Scott's layup brought Purdy back within a half dozen points, but the Eagles would get no closer.
The victory extended Wheaton's consecutive win streak over Purdy to seven games, a streak that extends back into the 2009-10 season. The Eagles had any hopes of sharing a conference title dashed by the loss, their fourth conference loss this year.
Wheaton scorers: Sean Goostree, 30; Bubba Galvan, 16; Jory Bartkoski, 11; Jesse Mitchell, 10; and Tyler Musick and Kyle Robbins, 3 each.
Purdy scorers: Glen Scott, 13; Drew Williams, 12; Devon Bennett and Cameron Terry, 9 each; Garen Nelson, 8; and Cody Hall, 4.
Lady Eagles roll Wheaton
Addy Roller scored 28 points in just the first half enroute to a 37-point outburst at Wheaton on Monday night. Roller and her Purdy Lady Eagles took care of business with a no-frills performance, defeating the Lady Bulldogs by a lopsided 75-22 score.
Purdy's Grant Young took the opportunity of the running clock to get some varsity minutes for his bench players in a game that was never in doubt.
Roller buried seven treys in this game, adding to her existing state record, and then took a seat for the entire fourth quarter. Mattie White joined Roller in double figures, scoring 13. Nine different Lady Eagles scored in the contest.
Senior Kasey Littlefield led Wheaton with 9 points.
The victory lifted Purdy to a 20-5 overall record, and the Lady Eagles remain perfect in the Ozark 7 Conference with a 9-0 record.
Purdy scorers: Addy Roller, 37; Mattie White, 13; Jayse Henderson, 6; Kristyn Cornman, Rachael Neill, Katie Hughes and Billie House, 4 each; Taylor Moller, 2; and Kat Hughes, 1.
Wheaton scorers: Kasey Littlefield, 9; Kylie Brown, 8; Mariah Kochell and Amanda Munday, 2 each; and Shelby Medley, 1.