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Purdy basketball continues to roll in tourneys

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Brooke Swadley's layup as time expired catapulted the Purdy Lady Eagles basketball team to a 62-61 win over Parkview Tuesday night in the Pink and White Tournament at Springfield.

No team had a lead greater than five points, and the contest saw six lead changes in the game's final 1:33. Parkview's Emily Akins gave Parkview a 61-60 lead with 12 seconds left in the game. Purdy then called timeout.

"We called a play for Addy Roller," said Purdy Head Coach Grant Young. "She was guarded well and kicked the ball to Brooke. She (Brooke) was able to attack the basket and hit the shot."

Roller led the Lady Eagles with 17 points. Swadley finished with 16 points Audrey Patton chipped in 14 points. Shelby White contributed 10 points. Brittany Mareth notched 3 points. Mattie White scored 2 points.

"I was very happy with our composure in the fourth quarter," said Young. "This was a team win."

The Lady Eagles will play today in the semi-finals of the Pink and White Tournament at 5 p.m. against West Plains at Springfeld.

Opening action

The Purdy Lady Eagles basketball team opened the Pink and White Tournament in Springfield with a convincing 58-30 over Aurora Monday night.

The Lady Eagles use a 10-0 run to open the game and a 12-0 run to start the third quarter to salt the game away. Purdy led 17-7 at the end of the first period and 33-16 at halftime.

"Defensively, we played great," said Young. "We were able to spread the ball around on offense and find the open shooter. Audrey Patton had a big first half that really gave us a big lift."

Purdy was led in scoring by White and Patton with 14 points apiece. Roller chipped in 13 points. Swadley pitched in 8 points. Shelby Scott contributed 6 points. Mareth finished with 3 points.

The Lady Eagles play seventh-seeded Parkview at 7:30 p.m. today in a quarterfinal matchup.

Purdy boys

The second-seeded Purdy Eagles basketball team opened play in the Southwest Holiday Tournament with a 68-63 win over East Newton Tuesday night in Washburn.

Purdy jetted out to a 23-17 first quarter lead, only to see it evaporate into a 32-30 halftime deficit.

"East Newton was ready to play," said Purdy Head Coach Tommy Egan. "The Patriots were getting into the paint and hitting some difficult shots. I told the boys at the start of the fourth quarter that our offense was doing fine and that we would have to win it on the defensive end."

Purdy started the fourth quarter trailing 52-47. Spurred by their coach's instruction, the Eagles opened the period with a 17-6 run that gave them the lead for good. The Patriots at one point went over four minute of the period between baskets.

"We were tested," said Egan. "We didn't crack. There are no easy games in this tournament. We can't focus on this win for very long."

Purdy was led in scoring by Landon Terry with 28 points. Cody Hall recorded 15 points. Devon Bennett chipped in 14 points. Kevin Miller contributed 7 points. Drew Williams finished with 4 points.

The Eagles continue tournament play tonight at 9 p.m. against Billings in Washburn.



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