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Prime Prep, nation's No. 2 team, stays unbeaten by crushing Kansas' Sunrise Christian, 73-45
Prime Prep continues to shake off the pressure that comes with an unbeaten record and a lofty national ranking.
Its latest victim was fellow unbeaten Sunrise Christian Academy from Wichita, Kan., which Prime Prep dispatched, 73-45, on Friday in Oak Cliff.
Prime Prep (26-0), No. 2 in the MaxPreps Academy national rankings, used its depth and athleticism, as well as energy from a full-house crowd, to wear down seventh-ranked Sunrise (24-1) in the second half.
“We’ve got a big target on our backs,” Prime Prep coach Ray Forsett said. “The kids are just playing their hearts out.”
After a slow start, Prime Prep took control by forcing turnovers. Sunrise was able to match Prime Prep’s size but not its speed and committed 13 miscues in the first 11 minutes of the game.
The turnovers led to a 10-0 run by Prime Prep that stretched its early lead to 23-11 with 5:03 left in the first half. Emmanual Mudiay was effective inside and outside, scoring nine of Prime Prep’s first 16 points.
Sunrise never got within striking distance after that, despite a lopsided rebounding advantage. It finished with 26 turnovers.
“We tried to make it a very fast game,” Forsett said. “We ran a lot of guys at them. We tried to spread the ball around.”
Prime Prep’s balanced attack included TCU signee Karviar Shepherd, who scored six straight points in the third quarter as part of another 10-0 spurt that put the game out of reach at 46-27. The lead reached 33 points late in the fourth quarter.
“We knew it was going to be tough,” Sunrise head coach Kyle Lindsted said. “We thought we would respond better than we did. There’s no excuse for the effort we gave out there. They pressured us, and we looked bad against it.”
Mudiay led all scorers with 21 points, while LSU signee Jordan Mickey added 11 and Shepherd had 10. Ten Prime Prep players scored.
Sunrise was paced by Janari Joesaar with 13 points. Sebastian Siaz tallied eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Lindsted said Prime Prep is scheduled to play Sunrise again in a tournament next week in Oklahoma.
Todd Jorgenson is a Mesquite-based freelance writer.