Analysis: Varsity basketball takes loss against McKinney, remains 3rd in district

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Click the photo above to start a slideshow with captions full of information about moments from the varsity boys basketball team’s district game against McKinney on Friday, Jan. 22. Here are few more details for the fans:

Who: Varsity boys basketball team – led by head coach Jonathan Ellis and assistant coaches Jon Lewis and Jake Garner

Score: 46-79

What: Loss against McKinney High School
When: Friday, January 22
Where: McKinney Arena

Next: Click here for the team’s schedule, or see below.

Analysis

After a four-game winning streak, the Eagles met their match on Friday, Jan. 22 when they went up against the fifth-ranked basketball team in the state: McKinney High School. Looking at the bigger picture, however, fans can see that this team has fought hard this season despite some of last year’s players graduating or now playing for Rock Hill High School.

Previously in district play, the Eagles conquered Allen in triple overtime, 79-66, with Allen being the 78th-ranked team in the state and Prosper sitting at 132nd. They also came in close against No. 73 in the state, Braswell, taking a loss 59-53. The boys proved that they have what it takes to dominate in district, and they look to make a comeback against Braswell on Friday, Jan. 29, at home in the arena.

Some players to watch for are senior captain Neal Utrup, senior Luke Chaney, sophomore Addison Harmon and freshman Jaxson Ford. Utrup and Chaney rack up the 3-pointers at every game, while Harmon and Ford consistently go in for the rebound and never leave a ball out of the basket. Each of these players has a unique skill set that makes them unstoppable on the court and keeps the crowd on their toes with every shot.

The Eagles’ next opponent is Braswell, who has a district standing of 6-1 and overall standing of 17-5. In their most recent game, they defeated Denton Guyer in a one-point difference, 57-56. Prosper also defeated Guyer in a previous district game with a score of 47-42, so this game should bring the heat. As district closes in, the team works to finish out their season strong and keep their team chemistry flowing.