Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the girls basketball coach. His name is James Rachal.
Prosper 71, Creekview 28
The Prosper girls basketball team hit their stride this week, getting two blowout wins in district play.
On Tuesday, Jan. 10, Prosper (18-7) dominated from the opening tip to the final buzzer, defeating Creekview 71-28.
The Lady Eagles outscored Creekview 17-2 in the first three and a half minutes, hitting four 3-pointers in their first five possessions. They ended the first quarter up 29-6.
Prosper slowly built on that lead throughout the remainder of the game, extending the deficit to as many as 45 points in the second half.
“We forced a lot of turnovers, got out and played,” Prosper coach James Rachal said. “There's still some things that we can do better, but that really helped us score easy tonight.”
Prosper's defense was solid, as they forced 14 steals as a team. That led to lots of opportunities for easy offense on the other end of the floor. In total, 11 different players scored, led by 15 points from junior Mackenzie Hewitt.
It was the second largest margin of victory for the Lady Eagles this season. They previously beat Turner on the road 80-23 on Dec. 20.
“We don't evaluate based on what the score is,” Rachal said. “Whether we're up 20 or down 20, we're trying to get better and trying to do the right thing.”
Prosper 79, Lake Dallas 49
The Lady Eagles once again breezed by their opponent with a blowout victory on Friday, Jan. 13, beating Lake Dallas on the road, 79-49.
Prosper started the game on an 8-0 run and continued to build their lead at a rapid pace, going up 45-24 at halftime. It was the second straight game the Lady Eagles had a lead of more than 20 points at the break.
They extended the deficit to as many as 33 points in the second half and stayed consistent throughout the game. It's the fifth time Prosper has won by more than 30 points this season.
“When we force turnovers, we're hard to guard,” coach Rachal said. “We like to run, get a lot of layups and shoot a lot of threes. It worked well tonight.”
Sophomore guard Jordyn Oliver led the team with 20 points, 14 of those coming in the first half. Seniors Alexa Boushey and Bailey Lightfoot each added 14 points.
“My teammates always get me open and make sure I'm where I need to be,” Oliver said. “Coach put us in the right defense so that I could score and get easy buckets.”
Prosper used runs to their advantage that night. They began the first on a 14-2 run and finished with 10 unanswered points. Two more 10-0 streaks came in the second and third quarters.
Prosper sits in second place in the district standings with a 6-1 record and played Little Elm at home on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The only team ahead of them is The Colony, who handed the Lady Eagles their only district loss thus far.
“We wrapped up that first half, and now we have to flip our mindset and try to be the best team in the second half,” Rachal said. “Should be fun.”