The Purdy Lady Eagles won a share of the Ozark 7 Conference title with a 61-52 win over Verona Friday night.
"This was really a big game for our girls," said Purdy Head Coach Grant Young. "We needed to get this win before we started district play."
Verona jumped out to a 17-13 first quarter lead and took a 30-29 lead into halftime when Jenna Chadd drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
"Of course you want to win every game," said Verona Head Coach Ryan Yates. "It was a great atmosphere, and people got their money's worth. We needed to shoot the ball better in the second half, but with three minutes to go in the game, we were only down by one point."
Purdy outscored the Lady Wildcats 11-2, going nine for nine from the free-throw line over the last 2:57 of the fourth quarter to provide the final margin of victory.
"We stayed focused all night long," said Young. "Shelby White did a good job on the boards. Our record goes to 0-0 now. We must refocus and go get a district title."
Jessica Smith led Verona in scoring with 25 points. Also scoring for the Lady Wildcats were: Tristan Carrasquillo, 10 points; Chadd, 8 points; Taylor Pinkly, 7 points; and Amanda Mullen, 2 points.
White led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 18 points. Also scoring for Purdy were: Addy Roller and Audrey Patton, 13 points each; Brooke Swadley, 8 points; Shelby Scott, 5 points; and Mattie White, 4 points.
Purdy begins district play this week. The Lady Eagles play the winner on the Miller-College Heights game tonight (Wednesday) at Carthage. Tipoff is slated for 4:30 p.m.
The Verona Wildcats avenged a 59-28 earlier season loss to Purdy with a 61-54 victory Friday night.
Purdy led 16-11 at the end of the first quarter and 27-23 at halftime. Verona outscored Purdy 20-11 in the third quarter.
Purdy was led in scoring by Cody Hall with 16 points. Also scoring for the Eagles were: Landon Terry, 15 points; Drew Williams, 13 points; Devon Bennett, 5 points; T.J. Farris, 3 points; and Kevin Miller, 2 points.
Cody Ernsberger led the Wildcats with 25 points. Also scoring for Verona were: Wesley Kissinger, 21 points; Seth Losack, 6 points; Ascencion Estrada, 3 points; and Nick Washam and Larry Patterson, 2 points each.