Purdy slogs way to semifinal
Team taking run one game at a time
SARCOXIE – Playoff basketball officially began on Monday for Classes 1 through 3 in the state of Missouri.
In Sarcoxie, No. 1 seed Purdy worked its way to a 62-31 win over No. 8 seed Thomas Jefferson to advance to the semifinal round tonight against McAuley.
“This time of year, you just want to keep moving right in the bracket because there is no left,” said Eli Ernst, Purdy coach. “We saw McAuley last week and know what they like to do, and now we just need to show up and play.”
On Monday the Lady Eagles, by virtue of having the highest seed, played the early game at 4 p.m.
Normally, it is no problem for teams to get ready for contests, but playing at an unusual time against an opponent they had already defeated by 50 points in
the regular season, the game had all the marking of being sloppy at best.
Purdy struggled through the first two quarters of the contest, leading 19-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Cavaliers trimmed to the margin to nine at 25-16 before Purdy established a 30-18 edge at halftime.
“Before the game, we told the girls that the No. 1 versus the No. 8 game is one of the toughest to prepare for,” Ernst said. “You have to come out focused and ready to play. We missed I don’t know how many close looks in the early going. But, we are a team that knows how to respond, and we aren’t built on just one or two players.”
A 14-2 run to open the third quarter led to 46-26 edge at the end of third period as Purdy pulled away for the win.
Rion Boyd scored 5 of the team’s first 7 points and finished the game with a team high 14.
“Rion is such a great kid to coach,” Ernst said. “She settled us with those points, and we just need to reset and get ready for the semifinal.”
Scoring for Purdy: Boyd, 14; Sami House, 12; Zoe Brown, 11; Devyn Callahan, 8; Cailyn Spears, 6; Hallie Henderson, 5; Madison Renkoski, 2; Layne Skiles, 2; and Rylee Moller, 2.
Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.