Purdy trailed 8-7 after one quarter of play but rallied, outscoring the Lady Pirates 19-10 in the second period to lead 26-18 at halftime.
"We knew that they were going to make a run at us," said Purdy Head Coach Grant Young. "We missed some shots in the lane, there was some contact but we can't expect to get bailed out with a foul being called."
Purdy answered with two buckets, but the Lady Pirates' momentum led them as they outscored the Lady Eagles 17-8 in the frame to lead 35-34 at the end of the third.
"I told the team if we were going to win this game we would have to do it on the defensive end," said Purdy's Addy Roller. "We talked in between the third and fourth quarters about the need to pick up our intensity."
After that bucket, the Lady Eagles' defense clamped down.
Purdy took the lead for good on Roller's 3-pointer with 7:12 remaining in the game.
The Lady Pirates would not score for over six minutes when Steele hit a floater in the lane with 1:27 left in regulation.
"We hit our free throws in the fourth quarter," said White. "It was really physical down low and we knew we had to be strong with the ball. We stayed together and got the win."
Purdy was 10 for 10 from the charity stripe in the final frame. They held Crane to three 3-pointers for the contest.
"We didn't play a perfect game," said Young. "In reality we only played two good quarters of basketball, but we got the win. We held a good shooting team to 9 points from beyond the arc. Our girls battled. It may not have been pretty but at this point in the season you take every win you can get."
"We just had to keep playing," said Purdy's Audrey Patton. "We never gave up on each other. When you play as a team, you just find ways to win."
White led Purdy with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Also scoring for the Lady Eagles were: Roller, 15 points; Brooke Swadley, 11 points; Patton, 4 points; and Mattie White, 2 points
Purdy will face Fordland at Logan-Rogersville High School on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 2:45 p.m.