The Prosper girls basketball team made history on Tuesday, Jan. 30, clinching its first regular season District Championship since 1989 after defeating The Colony 59-49 on the road.
With two games left on the schedule and two wins over second-place The Colony this season, Prosper (27-3, 12-0 in District 14-5A) is guaranteed a first place finish in the district standings. It’s the first time the Lady Eagles have accomplished this feat during head coach Trey Rachal’s five-year tenure.
Rachal had been sick for four days with the flu prior to the game. He thanked his team and coaching staff for being tough and resilient in his absence.
“All week it was nothing but film and practice for them,” Rachal said. “I just came out here tonight hoping I could help out in some small way.”
Prosper, ranked No. 6 among 5A schools in the state, got off to a quick start in the first quarter behind Jordyn Oliver, who had eight points and three steals in the first eight minutes. The lead sat at 21-12 heading into the second quarter, but the offense stagnated soon after.
With senior Mackenzie Hewitt in foul trouble and The Colony’s defense stepping things up, Prosper scored only five points in the second quarter. Still, they led by five at halftime.
Locker room adjustments worked wonders for the Lady Eagles in the third quarter on both sides of the court. Oliver shifted to another gear offensively, racking up 14 of her 28 total points, most of which came deep in the paint or in transition. Meanwhile, the Prosper defense held The Colony scoreless for the first four minutes of the second half, building a lead that peaked at 43-25.
“We just reminded them what we do when we’re aggressive – push the pedal down, play hard and get in attack mode,” Rachal said. “Then, usually good things work out for us.”
Still, The Colony nearly put together an electrifying comeback on its home court. They hit six threes in total, three of which came from sophomore Jewel Spear. Slowing her down was a big key for Prosper — Spear put up 31 points at home versus the Lady Eagles last season.
Prosper’s lead was at only seven points with about three minutes remaining. From there, the Lady Eagles executed a keep-away, clock-killing offense, eventually forcing The Colony to foul. Hewitt shot 5-for-6 on crucial free throws down the stretch to help seal the win.
“That’s a really good basketball team,” Rachal said. “We were able to weather a pretty big storm in the fourth quarter. We were able to overcome that.”