Coming off the Heart of Oklahoma Tournament, Purcell’s cage teams showed no signs of weariness topping Lindsay at home last Tuesday and pocketing road victories at Comanche last Friday night.
Coach Toney Cooper’s No. 15 Dragons improved to 14-4 with the 50-29 victory over Lindsay and their 60-30 shellacking of Comanche. The Dragons have been playing tight defense.
In that 30-point victory over the Indians, Purcell had a trio of players in double figures led by Alyssa Thompson’s game-high 16 points.
Joining her in double digits were Haven Buchanan and Tinley Winters with 12 each.
Buchanan led the offense in the Lindsay victory dropping in 11 points. Joining her in double figures was Hadleigh Harp with 10.
“We knew coming in that it would be a slower paced game since they exclusively run a zone defense,” Cooper said of the Comanche victory.
“Our goal was to still push the pace and exercise patience against their zone but not simply settle for long jump shots.
“Our guards did a much better job of attacking gaps creating opportunities for our bigs. Tinley was a beneficiary of getting in the right areas of their zone to capitalize offensively,” the coach said.
“It was a good road win for our team as we get better and better against zone defenses. Defensively we were consistent throughout the game holding them to single digits each quarter. Great production from our bench.
“Our goal the remainder of the season is to find consistency both in our starters and our bench. To make a deep run in the playoffs we will need contributions from both,” Cooper concluded.
Sharp shooter Kobe Freeman cut the strings for 33 in Purcell’s 54-50 victory over Lindsay and knocked down 24 in the Dragons’ 56-48 victory at Comanche.
The victories hiked Purcell’s record to 10-8 with a road trip to Pauls Valley on Tuesday and the final home game of the regular season Friday against powerful Bridge Creek.
“We got off to a great start at Comanche and were up 13 at halftime,” coach Roger Raper said.
After leading 32-19 at the break, Raper said his club came out flat in the second half and were able to come out with the victory.
“Seth Bunch made it back from being sick the previous three games and was a nice hand to have back on the court,” Raper said.
Kylen DeFreeze wiped the boards clean with nine rebounds after pulling 11 in the victory against Lindsay.
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