Damascus forward Kelli Prange talked at length about plans for her senior year after Thursday’s 71-50 loss to Aberdeen, about how she wanted to be back playing in the 3A state tournament next March. It was a glimpse into Prange’s idea of the future, one that also holds an uncertain decision on where the 6-4 forward will play college basketball.
Prange has received offers from American and George Mason, and East Carolina has been the most aggressive suitor in recent months, according to Damascus Coach Steve Pisarski. The growing list of schools that has inquired about Prange also includes Rhode Island, St. Joseph’s and Bucknell.
“When the season is over, she’ll go and visit these other places and then the offers will start coming in more rapidly,” Pisarski said earlier this week.
Pisarski compares Prange to a player he coached from 2007 to 2010, Jessie Kaufman, who now plays at Mount St. Mary’s and at 6-2 had rare ball-handling skills and three-point shooting befitting of a guard. At 6-4, Prange is more physically imposing – but she also proved on Thursday that her mid-range shooting has become more consistent in the second-half of this season. Prange scored with 15 points per game in the playoffs and posted double-figure scoring in every game this season. She finished with 13 points and six rebounds against Aberdeen, which will continue to be the litmus test for Damascus (four returning starters) next winter.
“They punched us in the mouth, we punched back. And toward the end they just punched us harder,” Prange said. “Everyone in the stands could see that they wanted it more.”
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