The Lady Eagles basketball team fell short in games against stiff competition in the second day of their holiday tournament in Mansfield on Thursday, Dec. 28.
Girls hoops lost twice, both coming against 5A teams ranked top 5 in the state. The first defeat came against No. 2 ranked Mansfield Timberview, as No. 5 Prosper (18-3) narrowly lost 56-55. The Lady Eagles were down 12 points heading into the fourth quarter and took a late one-point lead in the final minutes, but ultimately couldn’t close it out with a win.
“I just like the toughness of our kids,” Prosper head coach Trey Rachal said. “They typically answer things and fight back, and they did that.”
Junior Jordyn Oliver led the way with 22 points on 6-for-12 shooting with four rebounds and four assists. Other contributors included Mackenzie Hewitt (12 points), Maddie Cleary (11 points) and Scout Huffman (10 points).
“We saw some kids against really good competition show that they’re viable scoring options,” Rachal said. “Against the best teams in the state, it was a good opportunity.”
Prosper’s next matchup, their fourth game in two days, did not go as well in the consolation round. The Lady Eagles were defeated 54-34 by Amarillo, ranked No. 4 in the state.
Amarillo got to Prosper early, ending the first quarter on a 9-0 run to take an early 11-point lead. Overall, Oliver led the team in scoring but was held to a season-low seven points. Hewitt, typically one of the Lady Eagles top scorers, was held to two points.
“When you’re playing teams that aren’t as good, you can get away with some things,” Rachal said. “When you play the best competition, you bring your A-game, and that still might not be good enough.”
Ultimately, fatigue played a factor versus Amarillo. As a team, the Lady Eagles simply couldn’t get shots to fall. Prosper went 8-for-15 from the free throw line and 2-for-10 from three-point range.
Prosper now moves on to district play, beginning with a matchup at McKinney North on Tuesday, Jan. 2 followed with a Friday, Jan. 5 game at home against The Colony. Rachal said the experience at the Mansfield Tournament will help them improve overall.
“We’re trying to go from good to great,” Rachal said. “I’m really hoping that the taste of today puts them into a mindset to be a little bit better. Let’s go win a district championship and see where it takes us.”