The Purdy Lady Eagles shook off a sluggish start and picked up a 56-37 win over the Seneca Lady Indians on Monday night.
"It's been nine or 10 days since our last game and it showed a little," said Purdy Head Coach Grant Young. "We only had four of our girls score, and we can't allow that to become a habit. We were not as crisp as we needed to be."
Purdy led 16-8 at the end of the first quarter and 29-20 at halftime.
"I did think we did some good things on defense," said Young. "We shot 20 free throws tonight, and we kept attacking. Playing games is what it is going to take to knock the rust off."
Shelby White led Purdy in scoring with 21 points. Brooke Swadley chipped in 16 points. Audrey Patton added 10 points, and Addy Roller finished with 9 points.
The Purdy boys fell 54-48 to Seneca Monday night.
The Eagles started strong and led 14-4 at the end of the first quarter. Seneca mounted a charge in the second period, tying the game at 19 with 3:10
to play in the half and taking the lead for good on an Eric Esposito buzzer-beating shot to end the half lead 22-21.
"It was a tough game," said Purdy Head Coach Tommy Egan. "We were rough
around the edges, but we can't use that as an excuse. Seneca played tough defense and took the game from us."
Drew Williams led Purdy in scoring with 13 points. Also scoring for the Eagles were: Cody Hall, 11 points; Devon Bennett, 10 points; Landon Terry and Kevin Miller, 6 points each; and T.J. Farris, 2 points.
The Eagles and Lady Eagles host Verona in a Ozarks 7 Conference showdown on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.