Purdy teams place in area tournaments
The Purdy Lady Eagles fell to Mt. Vernon 62-54 Saturday in the Aurora Lady Houn' Tournament.
"I am very proud of my team," said Purdy Coach Grant Young. "We never gave up and battled the entire game. Mt. Vernon is a great team and hit several big shots."
Mt. Vernon led 18-17 at the end of the first quarter and 32-21 at halftime. Purdy would close the gap to 7 points with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter but could not get any closer.
"We have a very challenging schedule this season," said Young. "We want to take this game and use it as a learning tool, grow from it and apply those lessons learned to our future matches."
Purdy was led in scoring by Addy Roller with 21 points. Shelby White scored 15 points. Brooke Swadley chipped in 9 points. Audrey Patton contributed 5 points, and Brittany Mareth added 4 points.
"We are going to find a lot of things out about this team next week," added Young. "I think we will respond positively to our first set back. This is a very strong willed team. I enjoy coaching them."
The Lady Eagles advanced to the championship game of the tournament by downing Republic 65-53 and Bolivar 70-55.
The Purdy Eagles basketball team split a pair of games in the Crane Invitational. On Saturday, the Eagles fell 61-56 to Chadwick and finished third in the tournament.
"We played real well for three quarters," said Purdy Head Coach Tommy Egan. "We had too many turnovers and gave up too many easy baskets in the fourth quarter."
Devon Bennett was Purdy's leading scorer with had 15 points.
On Friday night, Purdy defeated Clever 57-24.
"I was proud of the way we played," said Egan. "We were very active defensively and had our fewest turnovers of the season."
Landon Terry had 26 points to lead the Eagles.