"We talked about the ranking being nothing more than just an entertainment piece," said Purdy Head Coach Grant Young. "The Pierce City game and the first half of tonight show us that our opponents are using that ranking as motivation against us."
The Lady Eagles led 19-12 at the end of the first quarter and 30-22 at halftime
"I thought we matched their intensity in the first half," said Exeter Head Coach Jason Cole. "We were just too inconsistent with our play. The third quarter killed us. We didn't come out of the locker room as focused as we needed to be."
Exeter was led in scoring by Destani Stensrud with 20 points. Breanna Varner, Abbey Scott and Chelbie Kern added 4 points each. Ashton Scott, Devin Boyke and Bailey Bowman tallied 2 points apiece.
"I thought we did a good job of playing our game tonight," said Young. "We were much improved with the way we ran the floor and passed the ball. I was very pleased with the girls. We never stopped attacking."
Addy Roller led Purdy in scoring with 20 points. Shelby White pitched in 18 points while Brittany Mareth added 8 points. Brooke Swadley and Audrey Patton tallied 7 points each. Mattie White finished with 2 points.
The Purdy Lady Eagles basketball team defeated Thomas Jefferson 70-19 Tuesday night in Ozark 7 Conference play.
Purdy led 26-7 at the end of the first quarter and 44-10 at halftime.
Scoring for Purdy were: Addy Roller, 20 points; Shelby White, 12 points; Brooke Swadley, 13 points; Mattie White and Audrey Patton, 8 points each; Shelby Scott, 3 points; Kristyn Cornman, 4 points; and Carleigh Hall, 2 points.
Purdy will host Verona on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.
The Purdy Eagles defeated Exeter 76-58 Tuesday night.
The Eagles led 24-14 in the first half and 35-23 at the break.
"We struggled tonight," said Purdy Coach Tommy Egan. "You wouldn't think it by the final score, but we didn't play our best basketball. Credit Exeter for coming out ready to play. They forced us into some silly mistakes. We struggled shooting and got into foul trouble. But we dug deep and still found a way to win."
Exeter was led in scoring by Tyler White with 24 points. Also scoring for Exeter were: Dusty Hayes, 10 points; Kong Lee, 8 points; Ryan Hobbs, 4 points; Cody Stringer, 2 points; and Taylor Raney, 1 point.
"I thought we played at times really well," said Exeter Head Coach Scott White. "We haven't figured out how to put a complete game together."
The Eagles' scoring was led by Devon Bennett with 20 points. Landon Terry contributed 18 points. Cody Hall chipped in 17 points. Drew Williams added 13 points. Kevin Miller tallied 4 points. Kevin Walker and Austin Hancock finished with 2 points each.
The Purdy Eagles defeated Thomas Jefferson 57-44 Tuesday night.
The Eagles trailed 15-13 at the end of the first quarter but rallied in the second period, outscoring the Cavaliers 20-6 to take a 33-21 lead into halftime.
Purdy had four players score in double figures. Leading the way was T.J. Farris with 14 points. Cody Hall and Landon Terry contributed 12 points apiece. Drew Williams tallied 10 points. Devon Bennett added 5 points, and Kevin Miller finished with 4 points.
Purdy will be in action Tuesday against Verona. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.