Faith, trust drive Purdy senior

Friday, February 26, 2016
Purdy's Desirie Ennes drives to the basket for the Lady Eagles during an overtime win over Pierce City on Wednesday. Jared Lankford/

Purdy's Ennes playing for more than herself

With 3:09 remaining in regulation and a tie game, Purdy's lone senior and leading scorer Desirie Ennes committed her fifth personal foul.

The infraction disqualified her from further action in the Class 2, District 12 tournament semifinal against Pierce City.

As Ennes walked to the bench, Coach Eli Ernst gave his team leader a hug and told her that she would see another game.

"I told her that she was blessed and that God has given her tremendous skills," Ernst said. "I told her that she has tremendous teammates and it was time for them to play."

In the time it took Ennes to walk from the floor to the bench, she transformed into taking on a new role -- team cheerleader.

"It's really hard, especially given how much time I spend on the court during games," Ennes said. "I have amazing teammates and like Coach [Ernst] said, I had to trust them to pull the game out for me, and they did."

Ennes said that she knew that Purdy (19-5) would win the game, all though they needed overtime to secure the 51-45 victory.

"I didn't think that this would be my last game [at Purdy]," Ennes said. "Me and Coach pray a lot, and we both got our answer before the game and knew we were going to win."

The win marked the first time in four attempts that Purdy was able to defeat Pierce City in the district tournament.

"I don't think we were worried about Pierce City," Ennes said. "We let go of the past. The things of the past are the past. We move on now we want to face the big opponent ahead of us."

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