Lady Eagles coming together

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Layne Skiles recorded her 1,500th career point during the Lady Eagles win over Billings on Wednesday. Jared Lankford/

Purdy takes 4th Marionville tourney

With conference play looming, the Purdy girls basketball team heads into the home stretch of the season with the goal of being a tough team to beat.

The Lady Eagles (10-6) took fourth in the Marionville tournament on Saturday, falling to the No. 1 seed (Springfield) Central, 73-49.

The Lady Eagles, behind the 1,500th career point by Layne Skiles, picked up their ninth win of the season on Jan. 17 with a 60-34 victory over Billings. On Thursday, Purdy fell to Crane in the semifinal, 60-35.

“We are still a work in progress,” said Jason Webb, Purdy coach. “Against Billings, we got No. 5 [Layne Skiles] early, and that made things run smooth.”

Webb said his Lady Eagles have improved this season on the defensive end and are making strides offensively.

“We are getting to the ball on defense better,” Webb said. “Offensively, Layne is an unselfish player who maybe passes more than I would like, but she is good at getting others involved,” Webb said.

Webb said there is no magic formula for his team this season, simply just to get better each and every time on the floor.

Scoring for Purdy against Billings: Skiles, 28; Zoe Brown,8; Cailyn Spears, 6; Hallie Henderson, 6; Emma Hakey, 4; Betty Berry, 4; McKenzie Renkoski, 2; Isbell Ibarra, 2.

The Lady Eagles and Southwest play Thursday. The game tips at 6 p.m.

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