The Purdy Lady Eagles fell 65-54 to Fair Grove in an emotional game on Tuesday night which was the third annual "Pink Out."
"Tonight we are recognizing those in our lives that have been touched by cancer," Purdy Assistant Head Coach Jennifer Schallert said before the game. "Cancer touches everyone in someway, and we can never back down until there is a cure."
Fair Grove and the referees joined in with the Lady Eagles' cause and wore pink. The game even featured a pink basketball. Purdy raised over $2,000, which will be donated to cancer research.
"Jennifer deserves a lot of credit for the hard work she put into this event," said Purdy Head Coach Grant Young. "We have some of the best fans in the world and their support for this team and this specific cause was tremendous. I want to tell each and everyone of them thank you."
Tuesday night also marked the second time in three games that the Lady Eagles faced a state-ranked team.
The Lady Eagles fell behind 17-16 at the end of the first period and trailed 34-33 at halftime.
"I really felt good about the girls' performance in the first half," said Young. "Fair Grove is a very talented squad. ,They are 21-4 and I believe the most overlooked school in the state."
The Lady Eagles were outscored 16-11 in the third period and would get no closer in the final frame.
"We kept cutting the lead to four but could not get over that little hump," added Young. "I still think we are in good shape heading into the district playoffs. We just need to focus on the basics."
Addy Roller led the Lady Eagles with 16 points. Also scoring for Purdy were: Shelby White, 12 points; Brooke Swadley, 11 points; Audrey Patton, 10 points; Brittany Mareth, 3 points; and Mattie White, 2 points.
The Purdy Eagles fell 56-50 to Wheaton on Monday night.
Purdy trailed 14-12 at the end of the first quarter but battled back to tie the game at 25 by halftime. Purdy outscored Wheaton 19-18 in the third period but couldn't maintain the advantage in the fourth quarter.
"Wheaton did a real good job on us defensively," said Purdy Head Coach Tommy Egan. "We struggled shooting the ball and had a couple costly turnovers in crucial situations. We just need to continue to improve every day in practice and are hoping to begin to peak as we begin these last couple weeks of the season."
Landon Terry led the Eagles in scoring with 13 points. Also scoring for Purdy were: Devon Bennett, 10 points; Kevin Miller, 8 points; Drew Williams, 7 points; T.J. Farris, 3 points; and Riley Veith and Garen Nelson, 2 points each.
The Eagles and Lady Eagles will be in action Friday at Exeter. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.