The Purdy basketball team overcame a 13-point first half deficit in a 72-67 victory over the Southwest Trojans Tuesday night.
"Southwest is a good team," said Purdy Head Coach Tommy Egan. "They took it to us in the first half. It seemed like they hit every open jump shot. We haven't trailed by that many points all season. This game helped reveal a lot about the character of this team."
Southwest led 24-12 at the end of the first quarter and 35-31 heading into the locker room at halftime.
"I thought we did a good job of putting pressure on the Eagles in the first half," said Southwest Assistant Coach Jess Ross. "We struggled to stop Purdy's ability to dribble, penetrate and dish to the open shooter."
The Eagles outscored the Trojans 21-10 in the third quarter to lead 45-52 heading into the final frame. Southwest would make one final push to take over the contest.
With 5:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, Southwest's Cam McCurdy drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Trojans ahead 58-56. The Eagles would respond, claiming the lead for good on a Drew Williams' trey with 3:25 remaining.
"I was proud of the way our boys fought, scratched and clawed their way back into the game," said Egan. "Once we settled down and started playing solid defense, we were able to get our offense rolling. I thought our bench played a key role in tonight's game. We have 10 players who can play and contribute on the court."
|Purdy had eight different players score in the game. Landon Terry led the way, scoring 22 points. Devon Bennett poured in 17 points. T.J. Farris, Kevin Miller, Alex Haworth and Cody Hall chipped in 6 points each. Drew Williams added 8 points. Garen Nelson finished with 4 points.|
For Southwest, Travis Hayworth had 21 points. Skylar Knoll chipped in 11 points. Josh Cutberth contributed 9 points. Jeff Elkins and Jordan Epling finished with 8 points each. McCurdy splashed home 10 points. Austin Rettmann recorded 3 points.
"We're still a young team," added Ross. "We have a long way to go to reach our team goals. We need to work on forcing the game's tempo and not our shots."
The Eagles will be in action Thursday at Wheaton.
The Purdy Lady Eagles used a 20-0 run over 8:15 of the second and third quarters to pull away from the Southwest Lady Trojans 56-31 Tuesday night.
Purdy jumped out to a 16-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. But a young and scrappy Lady Trojan team clawed its way within three points (18-15) with 3:38 remaining in the first half. Purdy would cruise into halftime leading 26-15.
"I am proud of the girls tonight," said Southwest Head Coach Steve Rissler. "You never like to lose a ballgame, but Purdy is a tough team. With the exception of their run, we played step for step with the Lady Eagles for three quarters. We are a very young team and that is a big step in the right direction."
Michaela Mitchell led the way, scoring 14 points for the Lady Trojans. Taylor Mettlach and Kristie Ickes each chipped in 4 points. Montana Hendrix finished with 5 points. Kayla Sammarco and Cady Swindle added 2 points each.
"Southwest was prepared tonight," said Purdy Head Coach Grant Young. "They really guarded us well. I felt we missed too many easy baskets. We know that every time we take the floor we have a target painted on our backs and that we are going to get the best our opponent has to offer. We need to do a better job of preparing for those types of situations"
Addy Roller was the leading scorer for the Lady Eagles with 20 points. Brooke Swadley and Shelby White each chipped in 13 points. Audrey Patton added 6 points. Shelby Scott notched 3 points. Mattie White finished with 1 point.
Purdy will play at Wheaton Thursday night.