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Purdy rallys past Carthage

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Nearly automatic. Addy Roller scores 2 of her game high 34 points against Carthage during Wednesday's 56-50 victory in the Neosho Holiday Tournament. Roller hit 16 free throws including a nine for nine performance in the fourth period to propel the Lady Eagles. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
A huge fourth quarter by the Purdy Lady Eagles secured a 56-51 victory over Carthage in the Neosho Holiday Tournament, and sent Purdy into the semi-finals.

Trailing 43-37 after three quarters of play, Purdy scored seven points to open the period and take a 44-43 lead with 6:33 remaining in the game. The Lady Tigers responded with a quick basket to briefly reclaim the lead, but Purdy responded with a basket by Katie Hughes and Addy Roller to take the lead for good.

"This was a good win for our program," said Purdy head coach Grant Young. "We got outworked and outplayed in the first half and I thought we did a good job of settling down in the second half and played an excellent fourth quarter."

Purdy's Addy Roller was a huge part of the Lady Eagles success in the second half. Roller scored 34 points in the game, 15 of which came in the final period. Roller was also clutch at the free throw line, hitting 16 of 18 at the charity stripe.

"Roller is Roller," said Young. "Addy is a smart player and after playing sluggishly in the first half, she knew what had to be done in the second half to help us win."

Carthage led 10-7 after one quarter of play and took a 26-21 lead into halftime.

Purdy opened the third period with an 11-5 run to take a 32-31 lead. Carthage wouldn't quit. The Lady Tigers ripped off seven straight points to regain a 38-32 advantage.

Also scoring for Purdy were: Maddie White, 8 points; Rachael Neill, 7 points; Katie Hughes, 5 points; and Krystin Cornman, 2 points.

Purdy will face Class 7A Arkansas defending state champion Bentonville today. Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

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