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Purdy's Addy Roller is in a class by herself

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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State record holder Photo by Linda Patton Purdy's Addy Roller confers with Lady Eagles coach Grant Young during a recent basketball game. This past week, Roller set a new state high school record for most three-pointers made in a career.
Twitter, area papers and sports chat rooms around the state were buzzing last week when Purdy's Addy Roller set the state record for 3-pointers made in a career. Roller surpassed the mark of 285 that was established by Michelle Holman, of Dadeville.

Roller scored six treys in last week's overtime loss to Fair Grove to bring her total to 287 three-pointers made during her four-year career at Purdy High School. When Roller was asked after the game about the record, she revealed her competitive spirit.

"I was glad to get the record," said Roller, "but I would have rather won the game."

Rollers' team-oriented response was not a surprise to her coach.

"Addy is a special kid," said Purdy coach Grant Young. "She has accomplished feats on the basketball court that most people only dream about, yet she is humble and wants only to help the team get better."

Roller's list of basketball accomplishments is extremely impressive. With over 2,000 career points scored, she is ranked in the state's top 100 scorers. She has also made a 3-pointer in 34 consecutive games, which puts her second in the state's history.

Roller's other record-worthy achievements include: * Fourth all-time with 3.73 made 3-pointers per game in a season.

* Tied for eighth all-time with 97 treys made in a season.

* Tied for the state record for most three-pointers made in a quarter with five.

* Tied for the state record in free-throw percentage going 16 for 16 from the line against Fair Grove.

* And tied for eighth with most points in a quarter with 20.

Athletics are not the only place where Roller succeeds. In the classroom, Roller carries a 4.22 grade point average and is ranked near the top of her class at Purdy. Despite all of this Roller remains grounded.

"I have great teammates and a great coaching staff that support me," said Roller. "I wouldn't have been able to accomplish any of these records without their help."

Other teammates are quick to point out that Roller is a selfless talent.

"I have been playing with Addy since we were 5 years old," said Purdy senior basketball player Rachael Neill. "Addy will pass up open shots to pass the ball to a teammate

with a better look at the basket. She wants us to get better instead of looking to rack up stats for herself."

Young agreed with Neill's assessment.

"Addy has a high basketball IQ and understands what our team needs to win," said Young. "If we need her to dish out 11 assists and get 10 rebounds, she does it. If we need her to score 32 points and carry the team when we are struggling, she does it."

Roller says it's her love of the game and family that motivates her.

"My parents, sister and grandfather have always pushed me to become better at basketball," said Roller. "I needed to be pushed. I have always loved basketball, but without my family's encouragement, I wouldn't be as productive as I am.

"Playing sports is hard work, and it takes dedication," continued Roller. "You get out of a sport what you put into it. If I could pass along one piece of advice it would be to always play hard and dedicate yourself to becoming better."

Purdy is currently 20-5 and ranked 10th in the latest Missouri Basketball Coaches Association poll. Yet, there are still goals to be obtained on Roller's radar.

"The best basketball memory I have is winning the state championship last season," said Roller. "I know we can get back to Columbia if we continue to pull together as a team."

Roller signed a national letter of intent to play basketball next season at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. She is the daughter of Kim and Mike Roller, of Purdy.



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