Friday was the last night 14 Prosper seniors would play for a home crowd in the arena wearing Prosper’s colors.
The girl’s team consists of only three seniors: Mackenzie Hewitt, Lexi Lightfoot and Krista English. Hewitt and Lightfoot have both spent all four years on varsity for the Eagles.
Prosper came out with a bang, leading Creekview 29-12 at the half and did not let off the gas going into the second half of the game. Prosper put up another 29 points in the second half, solidifying the 58-35 win.
Junior Jordyn Oliver finished the night with 18 points and Hewitt with 16. Sophomore Maddie Cleary has been a clutch player for Prosper all season, nailing three-point shots whenever she needs to. On Friday she contributed 13 points and went 4-for-6 in three-point shots.
Head coach Trey Rachal met Hewitt and Lightfoot as freshman in 2014 in his second year at Prosper. Four years and 108 wins later, they are seniors.
“This is the group that I feel like I’ve grown up with,” Rachal said. “They enjoy being around each other, enjoy playing together and they know where they are going to be at on the floor. That will be really hard to replace. I will miss that a ton.”
This team is particularly special to Lexi Lightfoot who played with her sister, Bailey, three out of four years. When Bailey graduated, Lexi expressed that it was hard for her on the court.
“Losing my sister last year was a big toll on me,” Lightfoot said. “We got through it and we’re doing great things this year. This team has taught me the importance of relationships and how that reflects on and off the court.”
Looking forward, the Lady Eagles have just one more district match standing between them and their first perfect district record in more than 10 years. They take on Lake Dallas on Feb. 6 at Lake Dallas High School. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.
Meanwhile, the boys team took care of business against Creekview, winning 68-33. Prosper led by 11 points after the first quarter and exploded offensively in the second quarter, building a 28-point lead at halftime.
The scoring was balanced for the Eagles, as 11 players put points on the board. Senior Zach Wrightsil led the team with 14 points, followed by junior Josh Davis with 13 and senior Kris Wafer with 11.
The Eagles were also stout defensively, racking up 14 steals and six blocks as a team. Josh Davis led the aggressive lockdown defense with four steals and two deflections – bench contributors Ben Quinlan and Trey Uturp combined for five steals.
The Prosper boys team has an extremely experienced roster that features 12 seniors, ten of which played Friday. The only non-seniors are junior Josh Davis and freshman Grant Shaw.
Over time, the senior group has built chemistry together, especially those in the starting lineup. Taveion White and Wrightsil are known as “the twin towers” down low, which fits perfectly with Kyle Jessen’s sharpshooting stroke from the outside.
Looking ahead, the boys team has limited time remaining together as a team. As of Monday, Feb. 6, there are four games left on the regular season schedule before the playoffs begin.