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Smothering Dragon defense holds Davis to 19 points


Purcell’s stifling defense limited Davis to a mere 19 points last Friday night in a 51-19 homecoming breather.

Sophomore Kobe Freeman nearly matched the Wolves’ team total with 14 points to lead the Dragons.

Hayden Ice was also in double figures with a dozen.

The victory hiked Purcell’s season record to 16-1 and moved them up one spot in the latest OSSAA poll to No. 3 in Class 3A.

“I’m really proud of our guys, especially on the defensive end,” head coach Roger Raper said. “Holding any team to 19 points is not an easy task.

“We were a little off offensively and that can happen. We just have to always bring it defensively. Our schedule does not get easier as this conference is in my opinion the toughest 3A conference in the state. We will be battle tested as the playoffs near,” he said.

“The win against Davis was my 250th career win as a head coach and I am so thankful it was here as a Purcell Dragon,” Raper concluded.

Coach Toney Cooper’s Dragons posted a 12-point victory over Davis, 43-31 paced by Hannah Buchanan’s 12 game-high 12 points.

Purcell raced off to an 18-9 lead at halftime and finished strong.

Cooper’s girls are 12-5 and ranked No. 10.

“Davis is one of the most disciplined offensive teams we have faced this season,” Cooper said.

“They will run several actions in an offensive sequence to get the shot they want. It requires us to stay locked in defensively.

“I did not feel we were as sharp defensively for much of the game. Down the stretch we got key stops from KK Eck and Jenna Avery. KK also knocked down a big three to put the game away.

“The biggest contribution came from Haven Buchanan. She hit key baskets throughout the game and provided strong defense. I’m so proud of her and her growth this season. Homecoming games always present unique challenges given all the activities surrounding it. Our girls were able to find the focus needed to get the win.”

Purcell was scheduled to host Pauls Valley Tuesday. The games were moved up to Monday and then canceled due to the weather.

The Dragons were scheduled to  play at Bridge Creek on Friday and host Marlow next Tuesday.


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