Purdy sweeps two from Wheaton
The Purdy Eagles and Lady Eagles basketball teams spoiled senior night at Wheaton on Feb. 11.
Purdy's boys mounted a ferrousious fourth quarter comeback to earn a 61-54 win, and the Lady Eagles cruised to a 61-19 win.
For three years, the Wheaton Bulldogs had been the proverbial "thorn in the side" for Purdy.
Eagles's coach Tommy Eagn entered the contest with zero wins in nine chances against the Bulldogs.
For the game's first 26 minutes it looked as if the Bulldogs were going to make it 10 straight.
Wheaton senior Justin Yeary hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the first period and gave the Bulldogs a 17-13 lead.
Purdy's problems were compounded by missed shots.
On their second possession of the second quarter, the Eagles collected five offensive rebounds and missed six shots from close range.
"I didn't think we took a bad shot all night," said Egan. "We just couldn't buy a basket."
The Bulldogs were able to keep the black and yellow at arms length and took a 29-24 edge into halftime.
Tempers flared in the third period as the two rivals battled in front of a raucous crowd that lived and died with each possession.
Purdy trimmed the lead to 31-30 with three minutes left in the third, only to watch Wheaton's Jory Bartkoski and Matt Hickman stretch the lead back to 36-30.
The Bulldogs were in control of the game with a 39-32 lead entering the final eight minutes.
|The Eagles dialed up the pressure in the fourth quarter.|
Trailing 41-33, Purdy senior Cameron Terry hit a short jumper that allowed Purdy to set its press.
Terry then stole the ball and delivered a thundering two-handed dunk that electrified the large contingent of Eagles' fans. He then collected another steal and promptly drilled a 3-pointer.
In 42 seconds, Terry almost single-handedly trimmed the Wheaton lead to 1 at 41-40.
Bartkoski finally stopped the bleeding with a pair of free throws, but the momentum had clearly shifted in favor of the visitors.
With 2:34 remaining in the game, the perfect storm of emotion, energy and three years of frustration reached its critical mass.
Terry, a 6'6" senior, splashed home a triple to knot the scored at 47-47. Purdy senior Keevin Walker stole the Wheaton inbounds pass, hit a layup and was fouled.
The officials ruled that the Bulldogs' foul was intentional and awarded two free throws (which Walker hit) and the ball to Purdy.
In five seconds, the Eagles had gone from down 3 points to owning a 4-point (51-47) lead.
Wheaton couldn't recover, and the Eagles made their free throws to secure the win.
|"The biggest difference in the fourth quarter was that we finally got stops," said Egan. "Wheaton always plays us tough. We are happy to get the win."|
Purdy scored 32 points in the game's first three periods. They scored 29 points in the final period.
Scoring for Wheaton: Bartkoski, 17 points; Yeary, 15; Hickman, 7; Chase Cantwell, 6; Tyler Music, 4; Steven Hendrix and Darrall Burns, 2 each; and Justin Walker, 1.
Scoring for Purdy; Walker, 16 points; Brent Cornman, 15; Terry, 14; Tyler Scott and Alex Mareth, 5 each; Glenn Scott, 4; and Austin Hancock, 2.
In varsity girls' contest, Purdy jumped out to a 22-5 lead after one quarter of play and cruised to a 61-19 win.
Purdy's Katie Hughes and Billie House combined for 35 points to help the Lady Eagles build the early cushion.
The Lady Eagles led 39-7 at halftime and 53-16 after three periods.
Scoring for Wheaton: Shelby Medley, 5 points; Kelly Alvarado, Crystal Alvarado and Amanda Munday, 4 each; and Jera Prewitt, 2;
Scoring for Purdy: Hughes, 18 points; House, 17; Desirie Ennes, 8; Courtney White, 6; Skylar Lakey, 5; Ashton Young, 4; and Jayse Henderson, 2.