The Purdy Lady Eagles basketball team opened the 2010 season with a 70-55 win over the Bolivar Lady Liberators Tuesday night in the Aurora Invitational Tournament.
"It's always good to win your first game of the season," said Purdy Head Coach Grant Young. "We did a good job of pushing the ball and building a lead in the first half, but we still have areas that need improvement."
The Lady Eagles led 15-6 at the end of the first period and took a 33-22 lead into halftime. Purdy consistently broke the Lady Liberator pressure but failed to convert on the offensive end.
"We left too many points off the scoreboard tonight," said Young. "We missed several easy shots, and our turnover count was too high. We play with a lot of speed, which is a good thing. We just need to come under more control in our half-court offensive sets. I was really encouraged with the effort our girls gave."
Purdy, in the third quarter, would swell the lead to 19 points. Addy Roller scored 14 of her 20 points and added 3 assists in the frame. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Lady Eagles took a 57-38 commanding lead, but Bolivar wouldn't go away quietly.
"Bolivar is a very quality team," added Young. "They have a chance to win the small division of the Central Ozarks Conference. They turned their pressure up in the fourth quarter, and we struggled a little."
|The Lady Liberators opened the fourth quarter with an 11-1 run. Bolivar trailed by nine with 4:23 left but could not get closer. Purdy was able to hit their free throws and regain the lost point margin.|
"I thought our depth played an important role tonight," said Young. "We were able to use a nine-player rotation. Mattie White played some big minutes down the stretch."
Purdy was led in scoring by Shelby White's 23 points. Roller chipped in 20 points. White finished the game with 6 points. Audrey Patton added 10 points. Brooke Swadley and Brittany Mareth chipped in 9 and 2 points respectively.
Purdy with face Republic Thursday night in Aurora at 7:30 p.m.
The Purdy Eagles defeated Sparta 56-37 Tuesday night in the Clever Tournament.
"It was a good overall team effort," said Purdy Head Coach Tommy Egan. "Our bench played well and gave us a big contribution."
Landon Terry and Devon Bennett scored 18 and 16 points respectively to lead the Eagles.
Purdy will play Chadwick Friday night in Crane at 7:30 p.m.