Prosper 65, Frisco Wakeland 47
Prosper girls basketball started this year’s state playoffs with a big win over Frisco Wakeland on Monday, Feb. 13 at Plano Senior High School.
The Lady Eagles got off to an explosive start on offense, scoring 26 points in the first quarter. They then took a double-digit lead and held it for the remainder of the game, largely in part to their physicality on defense.
“Our intensity sparked us early and carried us throughout the game,” coach Trey Rachal said.
Junior Mackenzie Hewitt led Prosper’s balanced scoring effort with 16 points. Not far behind her was senior Hannah Reynolds with 12 points and four rebounds. Sophomore Jordyn Oliver contributed 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
“We came together today,” Reynolds said. “We played as a team. We’ve been struggling with that, so it was a big turning point for us.”
The Prosper defense stepped things up, holding Wakeland to just five points in the second quarter. The action was hectic as players dove for loose balls and drew charges to create extra possessions.
Wakeland was carried by junior Trinity Bell, who finished with a game-high 28 points. None of her teammates scored more than six. She hit a trio of 3-pointers in the second half but left the game due to injury with less than two minutes remaining.
Rachal praised his seniors for their performance. Reynolds said the group is excited to continue their final playoff run, knowing every game could be their last.
“It keeps the game flowing and keeps us anxious for the next game,” Reynolds said. “We have to stay calm and go one round at a time.”
Prosper 48, Wylie East 29
The Lady Eagles cruised to another win in the second round against Wylie East on Friday, Feb. 17. Coach Rachal said he was surprised that it turned out to be a low-scoring game.
“Playoff games kind of take on a mind of their own,” Rachal said. “You just have to go with it.”
Prosper’s performance was fueled on the defensive end. They held the Raiders to single-digit points in every quarter and only 12 points in the second half. It was just the third time Prosper held an opponent to under 30 points in a game this season.
“We haven’t played defense like that all season,” sophomore Jordyn Oliver said. “We practiced really hard for this game. We knew exactly what we needed.”
Oliver was a main cog in the Lady Eagles offensive gameplan. She led Prosper with 12 points, despite sitting on the bench for most of the first half due to foul trouble.
“That’s a hard thing to do,” Rachal said. “I was so proud of how she kept in the game mentally.”
The team held up well without Oliver on the floor. Senior Taylor Stevenson scored eight points, senior Alexa Boushey had seven and three others had six points each.
The Prosper girls played Frisco Liberty in the third round on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the first game of a double-header, followed by the same matchup for the boys.
“It only gets harder every round,” Rachal said. “Our goal was to be peaking at this time. I think we’re getting closer to becoming our best.”