District tournament next challenge for Purdy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The Purdy Eagles are looking to make a splash in the Class 2, District 12 tournament next week. If the Eagles are to make a run, senior Alex Mareth, pictured, will have to help lead the way. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Eagles basketball focuses on task at hand

The plan for success for the Purdy Eagles basketball team in the Class 2, District 12 tournament sounds simple enough: Hit shots, rebound and play defense.

But, Head Coach Tommy Egan knows it's easier said than done. His Purdy team has flirted with cohesiveness all season.

The Eagles (14-10) now have to take the next step and spread the cohesive of consistent play over 12 potential quarters in order to claim a district title.

"We have to be the best we can be," Egan said. "We are getting better and I feel that our offensive has really improved as we head into districts. We are hitting shots that we struggled with to begin the year."

Defensively, Egan is pleased with his unit's effort. He said the Eagles have done an outstanding job of staying in games because of their ability to guard.

Miller, Greenfield and Pierce City earned the top three seeds, respectively, and Purdy is seeded No. 4 in the eight-team district bracket

The Eagles match up well with Pierce City and Greenfield as far as speed and size, but struggle with Miller's ground and pound physicality.

"We feel like we can make some noise in the tournament," Egan said. "It all boils down to if we can hit our shots. If we make baskets, I like our chances in every game."

Miller opens tourney play on Tuesday against Wheaton at 4 p.m. followed by Purdy and Jasper. Greenfield and College Heights square off at 7 p.m. immediately followed by Pierce City and McAuley.

Purdy concludes regular season play on Thursday at home against Exeter. Tip off is slated for 6 p.m.

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