Purdham puts up 21 in breakout performance

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~ Athlete of the Week selected by the publisher

SHENANDOAH — She’s only 5’7″… and she’s only a freshman … but if Page County’s Ali Purdham continues to develop her game and continues to shoot like she did last week, the young Panther will certainly be considered for postseason accolades in February.

The freshman guard posted 21 points against Mountain View last Wednesday — an individual season-high for the Panthers after eight games. In fact, Purdham and junior Faith Mason combined for 37 of Page’s 52 points on the night. The Generals only scored 40.

More impressive than Purdham’s 21 points, is how she got them — five shots from beyond the arc in the second and third quarters, and three consecutive jumpers that opened the fourth quarter. Purdham almost single-handedly changed the momentum of the game, and gave Page County a comfortable lead that they carried throughout the rest of the game.

Her fluid shooting motion showed natural talent, and her ability to read the floor and move to the open shot showed an acumen for the game. It’s gonna be fun to watch her develop over the next few years.

Page County (5-3) travels to Broadway on Dec. 27 to participate in a tournament scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday.

For schedules, rosters and results, check the Bull Run District website.



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