The Prosper Eagles were narrowly edged out in their varsity matchup against Plano East, taking a 58-54 loss on Jan. 18.
It was a tension-filled hard-fought back and forth spanning the majority of the ballgame. Unfortunately, a slow 10-point first quarter saw Prosper get outscored 16-10, and that 6-point gap proved to be a crucial difference by the time the game wrapped up at the final buzzer.
The Eagles managed to snag the lead with three minutes left to play in the game, showing Prosper’s tenacity on the court. However, the Eagles’ inconsistency reared its head once again as they were unable to maintain the lead as the final seconds ticked down.
Prosper put up its lowest shooting percentages of the season, hitting only 30 percent of shots from the field and 52 percent from the free-throw line.
Despite the low percentages, the Eagles had some solid performances from their starters — Ammon Allan racked up a respectable 13 points for Prosper, Josh Davis contributed 12 points, Mondo Battle managed 11 points, and Harrison Young finished up his evening with nine.
“Tonight was a tough, ugly game,” Eagles head coach Jonathan Ellis said after the loss. “I’m proud of how our boys competed especially when our shots were not falling. Because of our offensive rebounding and our aggressive defense, we were able to hang in there and compete for the road win. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make the stops we needed down the stretch or convert from the free-throw line.”
This loss puts Prosper at 17-11 in their overall record and 4-3 in district play.
On Jan. 15, the Eagles ralled with 22 third-quarter points to erase a four-point halftime deficit, defeating McKinney High, 75-72 at home. The Eagles withstood a 45-point outing by Lions senior star point guard Byron Schoby to claim the victory.
Davis led Prosper with 19 points, followed by Grant Shaw with 16 points, Allan with 15 and Battle with 14.
The Eagles squared off against Dallas Jesuit on Jan. 22. They will visit McKinney Boyd on Jan. 25 before hosting Plano West on Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m..