Consistency key for Purdy

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Kinsley Mattingly brings the ball up the floor for Purdy during varsity action against Cassville. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Lady Eagles seeking to find winning ways

The basketball season has not necessarily gone the way the Purdy girls basketball team has wanted.

The Lady Eagles are off to a 1-6 start. On Friday, Purdy held a 5-point lead against Cassville but was unable to hang on, falling 43-41 in the contest.

“We played really well in the second half, especially in the third quarter,” said Brandon Moore, Purdy coach. “That is kind of the way high school ball goes. You come out, hit a couple of shots, and that puts some pep in your defensive step.”

Purdy trailed Cassville at intermission, 25-18, but rallied to lead 37-32 heading into the final stanza.

“Defensively is where we have grown the most this season,” Moore said. “The girls are understanding where they need to be and what they need to do in certain situations.”

Purdy struggled to get its rhythm back in the fourth quarter, going an anemic 1-for-4 at the charity stripe, including missing the front end of two one-and-bonus situations that would have helped preserve the lead late in the game.

“We have to learn to play under pressure,” Moore said. “You could see that the pressure got to us tonight, and we have to learn to practice under pressure so that we can be ready to play under pressure.”

As Moore assessed where his team is on the season and where they need to get next in terms of development, he pointed to a critical factor that is hurting the squad — numbers.

“We have got to get more players out for the team,” Moore said. “We are struggling to get eight or nine out total. That hurts. It is hard to get us good looks in practice. It hurts because we don’t know where the speed of the game should be.”

Scoring for Purdy: Anabelle Bowman, 14; Kinsley Mattingly, 11; Bayleigh Robbins, 7; Breanna Perkins, 6 and Stephanie Webb, 3.

Purdy travels to Pierce City on Thursday.

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