Nerves early, heart late

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Purdy's Hunter Cook moves past a Hayti defender during the Eagles' loss to the Indians in the Class 2 semifinals on Thursday. Kyle Troutman/

Eagles fall in semifinal, vie for 3rd

A slow start against a talented opponent led to a 63-46 Purdy loss to Hayti in the Class 2 boys basketball state semifinal.

The Eagles must be forced to have short memories, as they will be in action Friday at 12:50 p.m. against the loser of the Mid-Buchanan and Van-Far semifinal.

Purdy fell behind 22-11 after the first quarter of play and trailed 38-15 to start the second half.

Nothing summarized Coach Jeremy Dresslaer's sentiment of the first 16 minutes any more than subbing in his junior varsity team of Clay Henderson, Mason Schallert, Scotty Henry, Carl Hughlett and Fernando Garcia for his starting five with 1:48 to go in the first half.

The Eagles only shot 29 percent for the first half, and no basket was scored by either team for the first two minutes of the contest. Another telling tale is the Eagles 1-of-14 from beyond the arc.

After an inspired halftime speech, as Dresslaer termed it, Purdy trimmed the advantage to 15 points on five occasions in the second half, but the Eagles could not draw it any nearer.

They outscored the Indians by 6 in the second half while shooting 45 percent from the field and 12-of-16 from the free throw line.

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