Purdy squads fall to Blue Jays and Pirates

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Both the Purdy boys and girls lost their state sectional games played at Missouri Southern State University last week capping excellent seasons for both squads.

Purdy Boys

The Purdy Eagles faced fierce competition in the third ranked Clever Blue Jays. Wins on the Blue Jays' resume included Class five, playoff team Ozark, Marionville, Spokane and Sparta, who had beaten Purdy this season.

The Eagles opened well. After giving up the first point of the ballgame, Purdy retook the lead scoring 5 straight. Clever answered with a 9-0 run and from there the Eagles never led again.

Despite never regaining the lead Purdy kept it close trailing by 9 at half and 10 by the end of the third quarter. The squad gave up only one run to Clever in those two periods a 9-1 run in the second.

In the fourth and final frame, the Blue Jays seemed to be pulling away, but Purdy rallied. After upping the lead to 15, Clever might have gotten a little too confident, allowing the Eagles to go on a 7-1 run that made the score 49-40 with still a couple of minutes to play. They could not finish the rally though, falling 42-53.

The Blue Jays were aided down the stretch by their free throw shooting. Clever, which hit only two-of-six (33%) from the line in the first half, made 16-of-22 (73%) in the second half. The Blue Jays scored only 10 points from somewhere other than the line in the half.

Purdy out-rebounded the Blue Jays 19-18, but committed 21 fouls and 17 turnovers. They got to the free-throw line only 10 times and made five. They also shot 3-of-11 (27%) from the three-point arc.

Blake Williams led the Eagles with 22 points and three rebounds. Michael Shuey and Mason Roller led the team with six rebounds a piece and had 8 and 5 points respectively.

Others scoring for Purdy included Kevin Terry 3, Trent Goetz 2 and Ryan Veith 1.

The Eagles finish their season at 18-9. Purdy is coached by Chris Kennedy.

Purdy Girls

The Lady Eagles also dropped their contest to the Crane Lady Pirates 52-56.

The Lady Eagles out-scored Crane in their last three quarters 45-38, but the first quarter proved to be the difference.

Crane out-scored Purdy 18-7 in the first frame and it proved to be the frame that mattered most in the contest. The Lady Pirates came out and attacked the squad with their full court defense and forced 10 Lady Eagle turnovers in the frame.

Purdy made a couple of runs after the first, but every time they did Crane answered never giving up the lead.

The Lady Eagles' last run cut the lead to 52-53, but Crane forced two turnovers on the Eagles' last two possessions and hit three-of-four free throws to claim the victory.

Purdy had trouble all night with fouls. The Lady Eagles finished with 21 and two starters, Audrey Patton and Avery Roller both fouled out.

The Lady Eagles also got beat out on the boards by the athletic Lady Pirates 25-22. Purdy hit 15-of-20 (75%) from the free-throw line, but only one-of-seven (14%) from the three-point arc. Purdy also turned the ball over 22 times in the contest.

Shelby White helped lead the Eagles with 16 points, six rebounds, five steals, three assists and one block. Audrey Patton also did well finishing with a team high 20 points. Patton also had six rebounds and two steals.

Others scoring for Purdy included Avery Roller 11, Brooke Swadley 3 and BreAnn Proctor 2.

The Lady Eagles finish the season with a 21-5 record.

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