Scoring runs were important for both the Lady Tornadoes and Tornado guys tonight as both teams crippled Sacred Heart's team with double-digit runs, stuffing any Crusader comebacks in the last games for each school before the Thanksgiving break.
The Purvis ladies got the 51-26 victory while the Purvis guys picked up a 72-28 win.
Lady Tornadoes handle Lady Crusaders
Purvis started the evening on a 9-0 run led by junior Jaelyn Bass. That early lead would not be relinquished during the evening.
Sacred Heart responded with a 6-0 run to draw within three, however, they could not draw closer as both teams swapped baskets throughout the first period. When the first period drew to a close, the Lady Tornadoes led 13-8.
During the second period, Purvis went on an 11-0 run that saw sophomore Elise Jackson and senior Karson Suire lead the charge to extend the Lady Tornado lead to 30-12. That run continued into the third period out of the halftime break as sophomore Andee Robertson and senior Brianna Lowe added buckets to make the run 15-0. Lady Crusader Graciella Falla ended the run with back-to-back field goals.
The lady Tornadoes pulled away through the rest of the third and into the fourth, defeating Sacred Heart to keep their record unblemished at 8-0 on the year.
Lady Crusader’s Sarah Gallardo and Falla led the way in scoring for their team with six points each.
Head coach Michael Thornton felt his team could have shot more consistently, but was proud of them since his team is young.
“I thought at times we looked good. We have to be more consistent. We are 8-0 right now and we are really young. Five of our top eight players are sophomores. We just need to be more consistent defensively and I didn’t think we shot the ball well tonight. Still, though we are glad to get to the Thanksgiving break 8-0. That’s always good.”
Player of the Game
Senior Brianna Lowe had 10 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks for the Lady Tornadoes.
Purvis guys rout Sacred Heart guys
A 26-3 run through the second and third period led to a 72-28 routing of the Sacred Heart boys, improving their record to 6-1 overall.
“At first I was a little worried, I won’t lie. We came out a little flat unlike we usually do. I think part of it is having the Thanksgiving break in the back of our minds, and it has us a little off from our normal routine. I think in the second quarter is when we started seeing the light and it all started clicking. From that point on it was the third quarter and that was the difference in the ball game, honestly,” said Tornadoes head coach Eric Cooper.
Tyler Garrison got things going quickly with back-to-back threes to start the game and give Purvis a 6-0 lead, seconds into the game.
Sacred Heart got two baskets of their own in the first period as seniors Judson Treganowen and Luke Hicks both connected on baskets.
A sloppy first period ended with the score 11-5 in favor of the Tornadoes.
A 10-0 Tornado run started the second period that featured another Garrison three-pointer gave Purvis an 18-8 lead. They continued adding to their lead as it drew to halftime. When the halftime whistle sounded, Purvis led 30-13.
The 26-3 run through the third period gave the Tornadoes a 48-21 lead. From there, they scored 24 more during the fourth including a run of 15-0 to end the game.
Cooper was proud of his entire team and their play afterward.
“Tonight everybody stood out. Garrison hit some threes right off the bat and we just stepped it up on defensive. Our role players came in off the bench and came in because we got in foul trouble early. They stepped up huge with defensive takeaways and some buckets that we are not used to getting from them, but tonight they rose to the occasion.”
Player of the Game
Senior Montero Ray led the way for the Tornadoes with 12 points in their victory against the Crusaders.