"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.
"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.
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.