The Colony 76, Prosper 72
It took an extra four minutes of overtime to decide a winner, but the Prosper girls basketball team ultimately lost to The Colony 76-72 on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
The Lady Eagles (22-9) previously handed The Colony their only loss of the season in the championship game of the Prosper Holiday Classic on Dec. 30.
“They’ve got really good players, we have some as well,” coach Trey Rachal said. “When two teams are good and talented and want to compete, it’s really fun.”
Prosper held a slim lead for most of the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold on to it late. Junior Mackenzie Hewitt fouled out with just over a minute remaining, but senior Alexa Boushey stepped up in her absence. She converted an and-1 layup and free throw to tie the game with 27 seconds remaining, forcing an overtime period.
“With (Boushey) attacking, getting them into foul trouble, I thought that gave us a lot of opportunities,” Rachal said. “She was really aggressive.”
The clock wasn’t on Prosper’s side in the final minutes. They fell behind and were forced to foul, but The Colony went 7-for-10 from the free throw line to seal the victory.
Freshman Jewel Spear led the game with 28 points for the Lady Cougars, including five three-pointers. Her teammate, McDonald’s All-American Jade Williams, added 17 points.
Williams was matched up with Prosper senior Hannah Reynolds most of the game, who finished with six points. Both players are headed to Division-I next year — Reynolds has committed to Midwestern while Williams will play at Duke.
“I think (Reynolds) had a lot of great moments against her,” Rachal said. “She was a competitor.”
It was the last regular season matchup between the two teams. They currently sit in first and second place in the district standings. If they were to play each other again, it would likely be for a spot in the state tournament.
“If you could sign me up for one more matchup with them, I’d take it in a heartbeat,” Rachal said.
Prosper 66, Creekview 48
The Lady Eagles quickly got back to their winning ways on Friday, Feb. 3, defeating Carrolton Creekview on the road, 66-48.
The Prosper offense was fueled by their starting backcourt, sophomore Jordyn Oliver and junior Mackenzie Hewitt. Oliver had 27 points while Hewitt added 21 points, finishing as the game’s two leading scorers.
“(Oliver and Hewitt) really came to play,” Rachal said. “They have been so good for us this year, and they stepped it up tonight.”
It was only a one-point game after the first quarter, but Prosper took off from there. The Lady Eagles outscored Creekview 42-20 in the second and third quarters, giving them a 25-point lead headed into the final eight minutes.
Prosper remains in second place in the District 14-5A standings with a 10-3 record. The team will celebrate senior night in its final district matchup of the season at home versus Lake Dallas on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
“We are just trying to get rolling into the playoffs,” Rachal said. “It is good to have your two leading scorers clicking this time of year.”