It wasn't until the final horn sounded that Purdy's Head Basketball Coach Tommy Egan could take a deep breath. Egan's team had just outlasted a pesky Billings team 84-72 to advance to the championship game of the Southwest Holiday Tournament.
"Billings is a good team," said Egan. "They played hard for 32 minutes tonight and hit big shot after big shot. We just kept plugging away and were able to find a way to win."
Purdy held a 60-54 advantage at the start of the final period. Billings would cut that lead to one point on three different occasions. The Wildcats' final chance came with 1:48 remaining.
Billings hit a layup, trimming the Eagle advantage to 73-72. The Wildcats forced a quick turnover, but a 3-point attempt rimmed out. Purdy's Landon Terry grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Billings would not score again.
"It was a team win," said Egan. "We were very balance with our scoring."
Purdy will be in action will be in action Friday, Jan. 7, 2010, against Pierce City.
|The Purdy Lady Eagles advanced to the finals of the Pink and White Tournament with a 50-37 win over West Plains.|
"It was really a chess match in the first half," said Purdy Head Coach Grant Young. "We were able to force them to guard up man-to-man and got West Plains out of their comfort zone."
The Lady Eagles trailed 14-11 at the end of the first quarter but outscored West Plains 22-11 over the second and third quarters and were stellar from the charity stripe hitting 22 of 27 attempts.
Addy Roller led Purdy with 15 points. Audrey Patton and Shelby White added 12 points apiece. Brooke Swadley chipped in 7 points. Mattie White contributed 4 points.
Purdy's next game is Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, against Miller.