"We were pretty rusty tonight," said Purdy coach Tommy Egan. "Pierce City did a good job of breaking us down off the dribble and finding an open shooter. I thought we finally settled down on defense in the fourth quarter and hit some tough shots to secure the win."
The game was tied 12-12 after one quarter of play and 31-31 at the conclusion of the first half.
Purdy outperformed Pierce City 15-11 in the third quarter and 20-14 in the fourth to gain control of the game.
"Coach Street had a good game plan that had us on the ropes," said Egan. "Cameron Terry hit a couple of big shots for us. That really gave us a lift."
Scoring for Purdy were: Cameron Terry, 23; Alex Haworth, 13; Devon Bennett, 11; Garen Nelson, 8; Drew Williams, 6; Cody Hall, 3; and Brent Cornman, 2.
Scoring for Pierce City were: Cody Fitchpatrick, 19; Wayne Joe Sooter, 17; Zack Hyde, 9; Kole Kelley, 8; and Colin Garner, 2.
The Purdy Lady Eagles took third place in the Stockton Girls Basketball Tournament on Saturday with a 63-52 victory over Dadeville.
"I am really proud of our girls," said Purdy coach Grant Young. "We played hard and battled all night."
Purdy led 15-8 after the first quarter of play and outperformed Dadeville 24-15 in the second period to lead 39-23 at halftime.
Purdy's Addy Roller scored her 2,000th career point during the contest and became Purdy's all-time leading scorer and is 27th all-time in scoring in Missouri history.
"Addy is a special talent," said Young. "We are all proud of her accomplishment. Addy is a kid of great character, who has put endless hours in the gym making herself one of the best players in Missouri's history."
Scoring for Purdy were: Roller, 33; Mattie White, 8; Rachael Neill, 7; Kristyn Cornman, 5; and Jayse Henderson and Katie Hughes, 2 each.
Roller and White were both named to the All-Tournament team.