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Purdy earns two victories over Southwest

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Earning everything. Purdy's Cameron Terry secures a rebound as Southwest's Skylar Knoll attempts to pry the ball loose. The Eagles picked up a 51-46 victory over the Trojans Tuesday night. [Photo by Stacy Stevenson]
In an early season Ozark 7 Conference basketball battle, Purdy High School swept two games from Southwest Tuesday night.

In the night cap, the Eagles handed preseason conference favorite Southwest a 51-46 defeat.

"I told our boys that we still have a lot of work we need to do outside of practice," said Purdy head coach Tommy Egan. "I couldn't, however, have been prouder of my team's effort. We played with intensity, resiliency and toughness. We have to continue to play with that spirit."

Working the low block. Mattie White, a junior at Purdy, spins to the basket during the first quarter of the Lady Eagles' 61-50 victory over Southwest Tuesday night. White collected a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Southwest jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Purdy scored its first bucket at the 4:05 mark in the first period. The Trojans held a 12-11 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

The Eagles took their initial lead of the contest on Cody Hall's layup with 3:25 left in the second quarter to make the score 25-24. Purdy outscored Southwest 21-16 in the frame to take a 32-28 lead into intermission.

The Trojans came out of the locker room red hot, opening the third quarter with a 7-0 run to take a 35-32 lead. A basket by Purdy's Devon Bennett and a free throw by Garen Nelson tied the game at 37-37 with 2:01 left in the third. The Eagles finished the third period with a 42-39 advantage.

The Trojans tied the game twice in the final period with the final tie coming at 46-46 on Josh Cutbirth's layup with 3:47 remaining. A basket by Cameron Terry with 1:12 remaining gave Purdy the lead for good. The Trojans squandered three opportunities in the final minute to tie the game.

Southwest coach Jason Horn was unavailable for comment after the contest but was visibly frustrated with his team's performance.

Scoring for Purdy: Devon Bennett, 14 points; Drew Williams, Hall and Terry, 8 points apiece; Garen Nelson, 7 points; and Brent Cornman, 3 points.

Scoring for Southwest: Cutbirth, 15 points; Tyler Fergusen, 12 points; Skylar Knoll, 8 points; James Pettit, 3 points; Travis Hayworth and Jordan Epling, 3 points each; and Jeff Elkins, 1 point.

Girls action

The Purdy Lady Eagles completed the Barry County sweep of Southwest with a 61-50 victory.

The Lady Eagles had their hands full with the Lady Trojans in the first half. Twice Purdy pulled out to 7-point leads, only to see Southwest rally to tie the game. Purdy, spurred on by three 3-pointers by Taylor Moller, led 16-12 after the first period but entered the half-time locker room tied at 25-25 after Southwest's Nicole Ickes buried a trey at the buzzer, completing a 11-2 run for the Lady Trojans.

Southwest took a 27-25 lead on its first possession of the third period. Purdy's Rachel Neill then scored the Lady Eagles' next 10 points as Purdy outscored the Lady Trojans 18 to 13 in the period to taken a 43-38 lead into the fourth quarter.

Quiet for much of the game, Purdy's Addy Roller made her presence known in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 points to help ice the contest.

"I thought this was a great way to open our conference schedule at home," said Purdy coach Grant Young. "Credit Coach (Steven) Rissler for doing a tremendous job of coaching and game planning. His girls gave us fits most of the night. Our girls played hard, and it took contributions from all of them to secure this win."

Scoring for Purdy: Roller, 26 points; Neill and White, 12 points each; Moller, 9 points; and Bille House with 2 points.

"We got beat on fixable mistakes," said Rissler. "I thought we played well. Purdy is still a good team, and we look forward ot playing them again at home."

Scoring for Southwest: Ickes, 18 points; Taylor Mettlach, 12 points; Montana Hendrix, 9 points; Michaela Mitchell, 8 points; and Shannon Mitchell, 3 points

The Eagles and Lady Eagles will host Wheaton on Thursday night. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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