For three quarters the Purdy Lady Eagles basketball team (2-0) looked frustrated and out of rhythm. Before the start of the fourth quarter Purdy Head Coach Grant Young reminded and encouraged his team to play their game and have fun. His girls listened.
The Lady Eagles outscored Republic 24-9 over the last eight minutes to win 65-53 Thursday night in the semifinals of the Aurora Lady Houn ' Tournament.
"It took us awhile to get going tonight," said Young. "I don't want to make a habit of it, but we proved tonight that you can play three quarters of flawed basketball and one brilliant quarter and win a game."
The Lady Eagles trailed 16-10 at the end of the first period and 28-33 at intermission. With 17.8 seconds left in the third quarter, Republic held a 39-44 lead. Purdy's Audrey Patton would come up with a loose ball and score with 10.5 seconds left to cut the Lady Tiger advantage to three at the end of the third.
Purdy opened up the fourth quarter and looked like a totally different squad. Addy Roller drilled two 3-pointers in the quarter's first 30 seconds, and Shelby White's layup with 6:20 gave the Lady Eagles a 49-44 lead.
Purdy would sink 16 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter to ice the match and propel them into the finals of the tournament against first seeded Mt. Vernon.
"I think we learned a lot in the first three quarters of this game," said Young. "I am proud of our girls for digging deep and finding a way to fight through all the frustration."
White led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 22 points. Roller finished the game with 20 points. Patton chipped in 8 points. Brooke Swadley added 12 points and Brittany Mareth scored 3 points.
|"Facing Mt. Vernon, we are going to have our hands full," added Young. "We are going to have to have a quick start and take care of the ball.||"This game will be a good gauge to see where we are at in this young season," Young contined. "We want to encourage all of our fans to come out and support us Saturday. We are going to need it."|
The championship game of the tournament is scheduled to be played at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Aurora.