With a championship marquee that would have done Peter Piper proud, the Southwest Holiday Tournament closed on Thursday night with Pea Ridge (Ark.) downing Purdy, 62-50. Cameron Thompson and Casey Cooper both scored 18 to lead the Blackhawks to a repeat of their 2009 tournament championship.
|Purdy played solid defense, shot well and pounded the offensive boards while pushing the favored Blackhawks to the limit. The Eagles downed East Newton and Billings to reach the championship game.|
|The Eagles took their first lead at 3-2 when Landon Terry rebounded his own miss and scored at the 7:04 mark of the opening period. Purdy enjoyed leads of 14-8 at the quarter, 27-24 at the half and 38-37 at the final break.|
|Pea Ridge earned its first lead in forever with a pair of Casey Cooper free throws to open the fourth quarter, and the Blackhawks never trailed again. Terry kept Purdy close, scoring 8 of his 13 points in the final period. Pea Ridge pulled away late with eight for eight shooting from the line in the closing minutes.|
|Purdy scorers: Landon Terry, 13; Cody Hall, 13; Drew Williams, 8; Devon Bennett, 5; T.J. Farris, 4; Kevin Miller, 4; and Alex Hayworth, 3.|
|Pea Ridge scorers: Casey Cooper, 18; Cameron Thompson, 18; Dakota Woodward, 11; Ethan Higgins, 8; and Joseph Adams, 7.|
2010 Southwest Holiday
|* First team: Casey Cooper, of Pea Ridge; Clint Broyles, of East Newton; Brady Chastain, of Billings; Landon Terry, of Purdy; and Cameron Thompson, Pea Ridge.|
|* Second team: Derek Turner, of Pierce City; Devon Bennett, of Purdy; Sean Goostree, of Wheaton; Axl Larson, of Cassville; and Austin Essik, of Billings.|
The Purdy Lady Eagles fell 47-40 to the Ozark Lady Tigers in the championship of the Pink and White Tournament last Thursday.
Although the scoreboard showed them behind at the end of the game, Purdy couldn't help but feel like winners.
"We competed hard and left it all on the court today," said Purdy Head Coach Grant Young. "We were honored to play in JQH Arena, and we represented our school well."
Ozark led 11-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Tigers would increase the lead to eight points at the 6:13 mark of the second quarter when the Lady Eagles came alive. Addy Roller hit consecutive treys and Audrey Patton banked in 2 points to tie the game at 14 all. The two heavy weights would take an 18-18 tie into halftime.
"This was a possession-by-possession back-and-forth game," said Young. "Our fans support was wonderful. I thought we played well on the defensive end. Our offense sputtered a little, but with less than a minute to go in the game, we still had a chance."
Ozark led 30-28 at the end of the third quarter. Purdy trailed 35-38 with 2:25 in the fourth when the Lady Tigers began to stall the ball, forcing the Lady Eagles to foul.
"They hit their free throws," added Young. "It was nice to compete in this tournament. I truly believe it made us better as a team. We now turn our attention to winning our conference and district titles and preparing for a post season run."
Purdy was led in scoring by Roller with 20 points. Shelby White tallied 14 points. Patton contributed 6 points.
White and Roller were named to the All-Tournament team. The Lady Eagles will be in action Thursday, Jan. 6 against Miller.