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Purdy Lady Eagles capture district crown

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 ~ Updated 10:19 AM

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We're number one. The Purdy Lady Eagles won the Missouri Class 2, District 12 tournament Friday, defeating Liberal 66-49. Pictured front row, from left are: Audrey Patton, Shelby Scott, Brooke Swadley, Shelby White and Brittany Mareth. Second row: Carleigh Hall, Kristyn Cornman, Bailey Spears, Rachael Neill, Mattie White, Megan Schilly and Addy Roller. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Purdy Lady Eagles claimed the Missouri Class 2, District 12 tournament title with a 66-49 win over Liberal on Friday night.

"This is a real big win for our team," said Purdy Head Coach Grant Young. "I told the girls before the game started that we had won a lot of games, but hadn't won anything. This season, we have shared a conference title and dropped heartbreaking championship games. We were always a step away from achieving out goals."

"The girls came out and played well," said Young.

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We're number one. The Purdy Lady Eagles won the Missouri Class 2, District 12 tournament Friday, defeating Liberal 66-49. Pictured front row, from left are: Audrey Patton, Shelby Scott, Brooke Swadley, Shelby White and Brittany Mareth. Second row: Carleigh Hall, Kristyn Cornman, Bailey Spears, Rachael Neill, Mattie White, Megan Schilly and Addy Roller. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Purdy started the game strong and built a 21-4 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Liberal outscored Purdy 15-14 in the second period to trail 35-19 at halftime.

"Coach told us at halftime to keep working hard," said Lady Eagles' Shelby White. "It feels good now that we won. It took a team effort and we don't have any plans to stop."

Liberal would not go away quietly, the Lady Bulldogs used a 14-5 run to pull within 40-33 with 3:15 remaining in the third period. That forced the Lady Eagles to call a timeout.

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Floater in the lane. Purdy's Shelby White scores 2 points on a five-foot jump shot in the lane during Friday night's district championship game. White finished with 21 points. [Time Photo by Jared Lankford]
"All I essentially said was 'fix it,'" added Young. "Liberal came out fired up in the second half and made a run. The girls did a great job of responding and put the game away."

Purdy came out of the timeout and promptly went on a 10-1 run to lead 50-34 at the end of the third quarter.

"Our fans are a big part of our support," said Purdy's Brooke Swadley. "They always give us a lift when we hit a rough patch. My teammates are great too. They also provide a lift. I get nervous before the start of every game but I know that I don't have to do everything myself and this is a good team."

"It's unreal," explained Purdy's Addy Roller. "This win shows us what we can do if we stick together and play as a team. We are ready to make a run (in the playoffs)."

White led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 21 points. Also scoring for Purdy were: Roller, 12 points; Audrey Patton, 11 points; Swadley, 9 points; Mattie White, 5 points; Shelby Scott and Brittany Mareth, 3 points each; and Rachael Neill, 2 points.

Purdy plays Crane on Wednesday in the sectional playoff round at Republic. Tipoff is set for 7:45 p.m.



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