Prior to the Purdy Lady Eagles contest against Mt. Vernon, Purdy High School honored 2012 graduate Addy Roller on Dec. 21, by retiring her #23 jersey.
Choking back tears in front of the large hometown crown Roller stated how much she loved her family, friends, community and how she was truly blessed by the honor.
"I'm speechless," said Roller. "Retiring jerseys is not something Purdy is known for. I feel truly honored."
The small Barry County school district routinely produces graduating classes that number in the mid 40s. However, the school has become a hotbed for college recruitment with more than a dozen of its athletes signing letters of intent in the last three years.
To single out one player for an honor that is usually reserved for professional athletes and college elites is significant.
Purdy had no procedures or standards in place when the request to retire Roller's jersey was made by Athletic Director Jennifer Schallert.
"When you looks at everything Addy has done for our school and community, I don't think you can find a more deserving athlete," said Schallert. "Addy played hard every day and her state records and accomplishments speak for themselves."
Roller's list of basketball achievements is extremely impressive. She holds the Missouri basketball record for career 3-point field goals made (319), 3-point field goals made in a season (120), consecutive games with a made 3-point attempt goal (39) and average made 3-point attempts per game (2.75).
"I was always driven to be the beast at everything I tried to do," said Roller. "In basketball, I didn't want to let my teammates down. In everything I gave all that I had."
Roller's other record-worthy achievements include:
* Fourth all-time with 3.73 made 3-pointers per game in a season.
* Third all-time with 2.57 made 3-pointers per game in a career.
* Tied for eighth all-time with 97 treys made in a season.
* Tied for the state record for most 3-pointers made in a quarter with five.
* Tied for the state record in free-throw percentage going 16 for 16 from the line against Fair Grove.
* Tied for eighth with the most points in a quarter with 20.
Roller is in the top 25 of 19 state statistical categories.
For her outstanding efforts on the basketball court, Roller was named 2012 Class 2 Player of the Year by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association. She was a three-time Class 2 All-State selection and achieved 2,392 career points.
"Addy brought team leadership and a strong work ethic everyday to practice," said former Purdy coach Grant Young. "She worked hard on the little things and developed the intangibles that turn a good player into a great player."
Athletics are not the only place where Roller succeeds. In the classroom, Roller carried a 4.22 grade point average and was the valedictorian of her class at Purdy.
Roller is a freshman at Wayne State College, in Wayne, Neb. The lady Wildcats are ranked 19 in Division II.
She is averaging 6.2 points and 4.6 assists per game.
"The thing I miss the most is the community support," said Roller. "I want to say thank you to all of the wonderful people in my home town. They create a great place to call home."
Roller is the daughter of Mike and Kim Roller, of Purdy.