Prosper 76, Turner 42
The Prosper boys basketball team came away with a big win at home on Tuesday, Jan. 24, defeating Carrolton R.L. Turner, 76-42.
The usual Prosper starting lineup did not enter the game until the second quarter. In total, 12 players saw significant playing time, and no one played more than 20 minutes.
“We played really well tonight,” coach Jonathan Ellis said. “It was nice to get everyone in the game for significant minutes and taste some success on the floor.”
Junior Zachary Wrightsil led the team with 18 points and 11 rebounds in less than 15 minutes of playing time. Fellow junior Kris Wafer added 13 points and sophomore Josh Davis had 11.
Overall, the Eagles had 13 assists and shot 56 percent from the field.
“Offensively, we moved the ball really well, which led to good shots and some points on the board,” Ellis said.
Prosper led by nine points in the first half and built the majority of their lead in the final two quarters. The Eagles outscored Turner 21-9 in the third and 20-7 in the fourth.
“We struggled early with our defense but adjusted well and put together a strong effort in the second half,” Ellis said.
Prosper 43, McKinney North 41
It came down to the final seconds, but Prosper ultimately outlasted McKinney North 43-41 on the road on Friday, Jan. 27.
The Eagles outscored McKinney 25-15 in the second half and depended on their defense to get the win. Junior Malik Perry had a chance to win the game for the Bulldogs, but missed a 3-pointer from the corner as time expired.
“I’m proud of them for coming back, staying in there and responding to me at halftime,” Ellis said. “I know this team can do it and hope they can keep that level up.”
Both teams shot it well from deep in the first quarter. All four of Prosper’s baskets were 3-pointers, and McKinney also hit four of their own. The second half was a different story. Both teams combined for just one 3-pointer.
Junior Zachary Wrightsil and sophomore Josh Davis led the comeback with their late-game scoring. They combined to score 12 of Prosper’s 15 points in the fourth quarter. Wrightsil finished with 17 and Davis had 15.
“We just stayed more aggressive, attacked when we had openings and looked for opportunities when they came to us,” Davis said.
It was a defensive battle from start to finish. Prosper held McKinney to single-digit scoring totals in the second, third and fourth quarters, allowing them to come back from an early deficit.
“Defense was big for us, which created a lot of opportunities for us on offense through the fast break and transition,” Davis said.
The win brought Prosper into a tie with McKinney North in the district standings with identical records of 6-3. Prosper’s scheduled to play The Colony at home on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
“We hadn’t really had a signature win, but I think this is a signature win,” Ellis said of the McKinney game. “Hopefully this will lead us into some momentum.”