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Defense carries Purdy to sectional victory

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Total concentration. Addy Roller puts up a shot for the Purdy Lady Eagles during the first period of Wednesday night's 49-42 win over Crane. Roller finished with 15 points. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
A raucous and near capacity crowd descended on Republic High School to watch the Purdy Lady Eagles defeat Crane 49-42 Wednesday night and advance to the quarterfinals of the Missouri Class 2, playoffs.

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."

Using the left hand. Purdy's Brooke Swadley scores 2 points during Wednesday night's sectional playoff win over Crane. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Crane scored twice to open the third period, cutting the Purdy lead in half.

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."

Strong in the paint. Audrey Patton, of Purdy, puts a shot up over Crane's Kelsey Steele during the first quarter of the Lady Eagles' victory Wednesday night. Purdy will play Fordland in the quarterfinals on Saturday at Logan-Rogersville High School. Tipoff is set for 2:45 p.m. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Purdy's Shelby White hit a pair of free throws to give the Lady Eagles a 36-35 lead 12 seconds into the final period. Crane's Kelsey Steele answered with a layup with 7:30 left to play to put the Lady Pirates on top 37-36.

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.

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