The Purdy Lady Eagles took down McAuley Catholic in fine fashion in the Class 2 District 12 final last Thursday. The Lady Eagles got out to a big lead quickly and never backed down in the 64-49 win. Purdy first defeated Wheaton 51-34 and College Heights 57-53 to get to the final.
In the championship game, the Lady Eagles had to face McAuley. The Lady Warriors had played Purdy twice during the regular season and lost both times; however, McAuley had led in both those games and only Lady Eagle rallies allowed Purdy to get those victories.
Purdy began the contest with a huge 15-2 run that helped them get out to a 17-6 first quarter lead. Audrey Patton and Shelby White both got going early, scoring 13 of the Lady Eagles' points in the frame.
The Lady Eagles upped their lead in the second with runs of 8-2 and 12-3. The Lady Warriors continued to struggle to shoot the ball and went into half-time one-for-nine from the three-point arc (11%).
Purdy struggled a little in the third quarter, making a 7-1 run coming out of the half but giving up a 9-2 run to the Lady Warriors late. McAuley finally started finding its stroke from beyond the arc, hitting three-for-five in the quarter helping to reduce the Eagles lead.
In the final frame McAuley made a run and cut down the lead to 10 but could get no closer. The Lady Eagles helped close the game out with their free throw shooting and won 64-49.
Overall, the Lady Eagles played a top-notch ball game. They used their inside game to get points and earn trips to the free throw line. Purdy got to the line 26 times in the contest and knocked down 20 of those attempts for a 77 percent average. Purdy also out-rebounded McAuley 36-27. The Lady Eagles did commit 15 turnovers against the tough McAuley press, but the squad kept that from mattering in the game.
Audrey Patton led Purdy on the evening. Only a freshman, Patton scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Shelby White, another freshman, also did well. White scored 18 of Purdy's points and pulled down eight rebounds.
Others scoring for Purdy included Avery Roller 8, Brooke Swadley 6 and BreAnn Proctor 5.
The Lady Eagles (21-4) will now play Crane (20-6) at Missouri Southern State University today (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. If Purdy wins that game, they will face either Hartville (18-5) or Newberg (14-12) on Saturday at Willard High School at 1 p.m.