The Prosper boys and girls basketball teams earned two more wins onto its district record at Lake Dallas on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
The girls won 65-39 against Lake Dallas, which sits in third place in the District standings and is likely heading to the playoffs. Having already clinched the district championship, the victory finished off a perfect undefeated season for Prosper against district opponents.
“When we saw that undefeated opportunity was there, that’s a special year to look back on,” girls head coach Trey Rachal said. “We were really focused on that.”
Prosper dominated offensively thanks to a 28-point scoring effort from junior Jordyn Oliver. She went 14-for-20 from the field and did not attempt any three-pointers or free throws. Mackenzie Hewitt and Maddie Cleary contributed as well, combining for 19 points.
Oliver and her teammates wreaked havoc on both ends of the floor during the second quarter. Prosper scored 25 points and went on a 18-0 run to break the game open before halftime.
Rachal said he was most impressed with the way his team played defensively during that stretch.
“When we play defense, we’re really good,” Rachal said. “That was probably one of our best defensive quarters. We were just locked in and getting stops.”
Next up for the Lady Eagles is a first-round playoff game on Monday, Jan. 12. The Prosper girls have won in the first round two years in a row.
The Prosper boys team looks to be playing some of its best basketball as the district season is almost over. The Eagles defeated Lake Dallas 53-41, but the score is deceiving.
After falling behind 7-3 early, Prosper finished the first half on a 29-9 run. Senior Zach Wrightsil led the team with 16 points.
“I think we are consistently playing strong defense, rebounding well and moving the ball well on offense,” Ellis said. “Every game seems to be the same, which is good, high-level basketball.”
Prosper led by 26 points after the third quarter but were outscored 20-6 in the fourth quarter. Still, the win was a product of playing well in all phases of the game.
With starters on the floor, the Eagles showed why they are ranked as the top defense in DFW. After knocking down two threes in the opening minutes of the game, Lake Dallas scored only 19 points until the fourth quarter. Prosper played suffocating defense, led by senior Taveion White.
“He has the toughest matchup every week,” Ellis said. “We give him the other team’s best player, and he thrives off that challenge.”
The win sets up for another epic clash between Prosper and Little Elm, ranked No. 2 and No. 1 in the district standings. Prosper’s only district loss during the district schedule came against sophomore R.J. Hampton and the Lobos at home on Jan. 16. Little Elm remains undefeated in district play after notching the 54-52 win at Prosper.
This time, the Eagles travel to Little Elm for what should be an electric crowd in the bleachers. A win clinches the district championship for Little Elm. It’s also the third time the two will face off this season – Prosper won the first matchup in the final round of the Prosper ISD tournament before the district season started.
“Their win is just a little more important than ours right now,” Ellis said. “We need to go get that one [Friday].”