Purdy wins Diamond Invitational
The Purdy Lady Eagles basketball team (3-2) captured the Diamond Invitational championship with a 45-26 victory over Diamond.
"Diamond stayed within 5 points all night," said Purdy coach Eli Ernst. "The score wasn't indicative to how close this game truly was. We made a run in the middle of the fourth quarter to distance ourselves."
The Lady Eagles led 8-6 after the first quarter and took a 20-15 lead into the locker room.
Purdy led 27-20 to start the fourth quarter and outscored Diamond 18-6 in the final frame to pull out the victory.
"We felt the Lady Wildcats would try to focus on Mattie (White), and we knew it could open some things up for some of our other players," said Ernst. "Mattie carried us on the glass. Her 10 rebounds made it easier for others to focus on their shots."
Katie Hughes led Purdy in scoring with 17 points.
Also scoring for the Lady Eagles were: Desirie Ennis, 14 points; Mattie White, 6; Jayse Henderson, 3; Billie House and Courtney White, 2 each; and Andrea Humphrey, 1.
"Katie (Hughes) and Desirie (Ennes) really shot the ball well in this game," said Ernst. "It seemed they always had a shot fall down when we needed one."
In the semifinal on Nov. 29, Purdy defeated Lockwood 43-42.
"I felt we played pretty well early in this game," said Ernst. "In the third quarter we failed to execute on offense as we had previously in the game. We rebounded in time for the win. I feel this type of victory has the ability to propel us into greater things down the road."
Purdy led 11-7 at the end of the first period and 24-15 at halftime.
Mattie White led the Lady Eagles' charge with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Also scoring for the Lady Eagles were: Katie Hughes, 11 points; Courtney White, 7; House and Ennes, 3 each; and Henderson, 2.
Purdy opened tournament action in Diamond with a 53-16 victory over College Heights.
"We felt our first two games (Walnut Grove and Hartville) were great tests for us, and we felt we were better than our 0-2 start," said Ernst. "This game allowed us to share the ball and locate scoring from several different players. We had 10 of our 12 players score. It was good to get our first victory."
Purdy led 20-0 after the first period and 30-4 at halftime.
Scoring for Purdy were: Hughes, 12 points; Henderson, 10; Courtney White, 8; Ennes, 7; Mattie White, 6; Humphrey and Abby Parsons, 3 apiece; and House and Ashton Young, 2 each.
Purdy travels to School of the Ozarks on Dec. 7. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.