Purdy sweeps basketball tilts from Wheaton
"Two bowls of Wheaties," joked Purdy senior Brent Cornman when asked what got him ready for the basketball game against Wheaton on Dec. 19.
The swift 5'11" guard scored 18 points in the game's first eight minutes as the Eagles used a lighting quick attack to subdue the Bulldogs, 73-40.
"We knew coming into this season that Brent was one of those guys who could have a game like this," said Purdy coach Tommy Egan. "He really got everyone headed in the right direction."
After lopsided losses to East Newton and Miller in their last two outings, the Eagles needed some positive reinforcement.
"We needed to have a game like this tonight," said Egan. "We have had some intense practices this week and tonight we came out of the gate clicking on all cylinders.
Cornman, who finished with 24 points, ignited a firestorm with the Eagles clinging to a one-point 6-5 lead.
An old-fashioned 3-point play followed by a 25-foot triple by the senior, sent the visitors on a 22-2 surge and gave Purdy a 28-7 lead at the end of the first period.
"I knew when I hit the trey it could be a special night," said Cornman. "There is something about playing Wheaton that always makes me played harder. Also the fact that we had a couple of tough practices that I don't want to repeat."
Wheaton senior Chase Cantwell tried his best to keep the Bulldogs close, scoring 19 points but the Eagles' balance was too much.
Nine players for the Black and Gold scored points.
"That is a great problem to have," said Egan. "Kelton Mattingly, Jonatan Salazar and Luis Cruz gave us production that we had been missing all season. It was great to see them take a step forward in their growth as players."
The Bulldogs pulled as close as 36-15 in the second quarter but the Eagles' pressure and transition offense led to a 40-15 halftime lead and 56-34 edge after three periods.
Scoring for Purdy: Cornman, 24; Andrew McCormick, 11; Salazar, 10; Alex Mareth, 8; Cruz, 5; Mattingly, Robby Moody and Raul Garcia, 4 each; and Brayden Jones, 3.
Scoring for Wheaton: Cantwell, 19; Tate Banks, 8; Logan Moore, 4; Hilsden Moseley, Michael Priest, Matt Hickman and Joey Robbins, 2 each; and William Ross, 1.
The Purdy Lady Eagle shook off a sluggish start and pulled away for a 54-26 win in the girl's game.
Wheaton frustrated the young Purdy team in the first half, slowing the pace and controlling the ball.
Purdy took a 26-13 lead into the intermission.
The second half witnessed the Lady Eagles clean up some of the turnover problems that plagued them in the first half and speed up the game.
"Our ball movement in the third quarter and shot selection was much better," said Purdy coach Eli Ernst. "It was nice to pull away and get all of our girls some varsity minutes."
Purdy outscored Wheaton 17-3 in the third stanza to lead 43-16, to start the fourth period.
Scoring for Purdy: Courtney White, 14, Jayse Henderson, 9; Ashton Young, 8; Andrea Humphrey, Rion Boyd and Desirie Ennes, 6 each; and Sami House, 5.
Scoring for Wheaton: Emily Killion, 11; Mariah Kochell, 5; Daisy Alvarado, 3; and Crystal Alvarado, Jera Prewitt and Haley Beck, 2 each.