Purdy standout inks with MSSU

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Purdy senior Layne Skiles signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin next seasonas her parents Sarah and Bill Skiles observe. Contributed photo

Skiles shedding feathers to join the Lion Pride

Any team that has faced the Purdy girls basketball team over the last three seasons has had to deal with the force that is Layne Skiles.

The senior routinely attracted double teams and the attention of the best players from the opposing school. Now, she has received the attention of college scouts.

Skiles finally agreed that upon graduation, she would further her playing career as a Lady Lion at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.

I am thankful for the past four years as a Purdy Lady Eagle, Skiles said. I have learned so much from the experience that will carry me successfully through the next level. I am super excited to play for the Lions and contribute my skills and drive to the teams success. I think Im a good fit for them.

During her tenure at Purdy, Skiles has been named to multiple All-Conference, All-District and All-State teams.

I havent had the chance to coach Layne for very long, but I look forward to the experience, said Jason Webb, first-year Purdy head coach. I have, however, gotten to know her as a person. Layne is an outstanding human being. Her integrity, faith, values, commitment and work ethic outshine even her phenomenal accomplishments on the basketball court. Missouri Southern State University is getting a fantastic basketball player, and theyre getting an even better person.

Skiles has tallied 1,248 points, 617 rebounds, 296 assists, 215 steals and 89 blocks in her high school career.

She averaged 17.8 points and 8.6 rebounds in the 2016-2017 season. Skiles is the daughter of Bill and Sarah Skiles.

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