Purdy's Mattie White signs with Missouri Baptist

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
College bound Democrat Photo by Jared Lankford Purdy senior basketball player Mattie White signed a national letter of intent to play for Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis. Pictured above with White, in the front row, are her parents Lea and T.J. Second row: from left, Purdy Athletic Director Jennifer Schallert, Missouri Baptist coach Iris Dixon and Purdy coach Eli Ernst.

Purdy High School senior Mattie White signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Missouri Baptist University (MBU) in St. Louis next year.

White chose the Lady Spartans over Evangel and John Brown universities.

"MBU felt like home," said White. "The coaching staff and players on the team made me feel welcome and that was big for me."

White is averaging 10.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals per contest this year.

"I just love the game of basketball," said White. "I enjoy everything from watching to playing the game. Each and every day I try to give my all."

White's effort and intensity is what caught the attention of MBU.

"We look for players of high character and that are coachable," said MBU head coach Iris Dixon. "We believe Mattie fits perfectly into our program.

"Team chemistry and hard work are principles we value," continued Dixon. "There is no doubt that Mattie is a competitor that will push to make our team stronger."

White was a part of the Lady Eagle's state title team in 2011 and helped lead the black and yellow to a second consecutive district title last year.

White's leadership and post presence are key to Purdy's success this year.

"Mattie is a valuable asset both on and off the floor," said Purdy coach Eli Ernst. "She understands what we are trying to teach. More importantly, Mattie is a great person as well as a great ball player."

White stated that she has many great basketball memories, but her favorite was the entire state championship week.

White will miss Purdy but knows that the program is in good hands.

"In order to succeed, you have to work hard and never give up," said White. "I was blessed to have the support of the community and my parents. That means everything to me."

White plans to major in orthodontics. She is the daughter of T.J. and Lea White, of Purdy.

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