Lady Eagles pleased, but not content with season

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
The Purdy girls basketball team is off to a hot start this season. Desirie Ennes is part of the Lady Eagles' deep rotation and team's success. Jared Lankford/sports@monett-times.com

Purdy to fine tune during an extended holiday break

A 7-2 record to open the season and a Clever Tournament championship are good starting points for Purdy's girls basketball team, but the Lady Eagles say they are far from a polished product. 
"I've been pleased with the girls' attitudes and willingness to work hard," said Eli Ernst, Purdy coach. "We still have several areas we need to improve upon. We break down every game film looking for 'opp-ers,' which are opportunities to get better."

Purdy does will not play again until Jan. 6, 2015.

"We like to give our kids time to be with their families," Ernst said. "We'll practice about four days and give the girls four or five days off."

The Lady Eagles are led in scoring by Jayse Henderson, who is averaging 11.6 points per game. Against Miller on Tuesday, she recorded 15.

"I view my role as to be the team's leader," Henderson said. "I try to be a calming influence on the court."

Not only is Henderson excelling on the offensive end, her defense is what really sparks the team. She averages nearly 4 steals and 3 assists per game.

"I look for opportunities to make plays and then try to take advantage of them," Henderson said.

The Lady Eagles also benefit from the point production Desirie Ennes (11.5 ppg) and Layne Skiles (10.5 ppg).

"I think the biggest difference with this team from last year is that we are all friends," said Sami House. "We get along and play together. It is more of a family environment."

It is because of the family environment that Ernst knows his team will improve.

"We are having fun and playing for each other," Ernst said. "I think we have a great season awaiting us."

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