Tanner Helton and Cody Mooneyham combined for 29 of Purcell’s 47 points in a road victory at Lexington last Friday night.
Helton heated up from beyond the arc, knocking down five treys to finish with 17 points. Mooneyham canned a pair of treys and was 3-5 at the line down the stretch to chip in 12.
The game went back and forth with both teams deadlocked at 17 heading into the halftime locker rooms.
Purcell led by a bucket at the end of three quarters before out-scoring the Bulldogs 17-13 in the final frame.
Lexington’s Jake McAfee led all scorers with 18 points.
“Lexington is a very competitive and talented team,” Purcell Head Coach Lee Reimer said. “We played excellent defense in that game and attacked their zone defense better than we had all year.
“We happened to come out on top,” he continued. “Also, we appreciated all the support from our fans having to drive 35-40 miles one way to get to Lexington.”
The victory lifted the Dragons to 12-5 on the season, getting back on the winning track after losing at home last Tuesday night to Bethany, 38-35.
Tanner Martin carried the mail for the Dragons in that game, leading all scorers with 12 points, while Barrett Huey finished with eight.
Purcell actually led by a point at halftime but the visiting Bronchos out-scored the Dragons 22-18 in the final two periods.
“We played pretty well in the Bethany game,” Reimer said. “Every time we made a defensive mistake, they made a shot. They shot really well. Sometimes you just have to give the other team credit.”
Coach Mike Savage’s Dragons neatly tucked a pair of victories into their backpacks last week knocking off Bethany 41-32 and topping Lexington 29-20 in the battle for the bridge bragging rights. It was the second time Mike and Mark Savage have squared off against each other in the series this season.
The victories by Purcell hiked their season record to 8-9.
Freshman point guard Jaden Webb went off for 25 points in the Bethany victory, while the Dragons were led by Olivia Couch with 13 points against Lexington. Bailee McGowen chipped in nine in the win over the Lady Bulldogs.
“The Lexington game was very physical,” Mike Savage said. “Every shot was contested. Just a typical Purcell-Lexington battle. I was very proud of the girls. We overcame a couple of obstacles with Abbey Berrey unable to play due to a sprained ankle. We also didn’t have Ashlinn Snow.
“And (Ashton) Nemecek and McGowen both got in foul trouble, yet we were still able to win.
“The other girls stepped it up,” he continued.
Savage tagged the victory over Bethany as, “one of the best this season.”
“That was an excellent win,” Savage confirmed. “Bethany is a very good basketball team. We beat them with a total team effort.
“Jaden Webb had the hot hand in that game and the girls did a good job of getting the ball to her,” the coach said.
Webb nailed a pair of treys and was 11-12 from the charity stripe.
Mother Nature squandered the scheduled Monday games against Madill. Purcell will play in match play at Bethany either Friday or Saturday.
The Dragons will travel to Cache February 21 for the district tournament and host the sub regional February 27 before going to Anadarko for the regional tournament.