The Morgan High girls basketball team, just like the boys squad, hosted the forth place team out of Region 12 in a first round state home playoff game on Friday Feb. 17. It just happened to be the same Spanish Fork team, and the Lady Trojans were not in a very hospitable mood.
Two years ago, a fourth place team out of region 12 came in to Trojan gym and upset the highly rated Lady Trojans. This time around, there would be no hope for the visitors, as the #1 ranked Lady Trojans ran roughshod over it’s outmatched counterparts, winning 58-26.
To say the Trojans played stifling defense may be an understatement, as they held the Dons without a field goal attempt for the opening 4 minutes of the first quarter. When the Dons finally got a couple of shots off, they were airballs with no chance to go in.
Meanwhile, the Lady Trojans were spreading the wealth around, with all five starters scoring at least 2 points in the quarter, with 6 foot 1 inch senior center Kelsey Henry leading the way with 4 points, pushing the home team out to a 15-5 lead.
Rashel Blazzard, the Trojans smallest starter at 5 foot 5 inches, made the play of the game that essentially put the game out of reach to begin the 2nd quarter. Blazzard started by swiping the ball away from a Don player, taking it in for a two point layup. She would defend the inbound play, making another steal and layup. Then for the 3rd time, Blazzard would come up with a steal under the basket. This time she would miss the close-in shot, but would quickly get the ball back out in 3 point territory and hoist a rainbow shot that dropped, making a quick 7 points in about 15 seconds. Sophomore sub Breanna Hurlbut would can a quick two point bucket from the right elbow upon checking into the game. McKenzie Schenk, a 5 foot 11 inch sophomore leaper, swatted a 3 point attempt by a Dons’ player and then ran down to the offensive end and hit a long 3 of her own, and the Trojans were in total control of the game at 29-7.
Blazzard and Schenk would lead the Trojans at the half with 11 and 8 points, respectively.
It was more of the same following half time, with the Lady Trojans out-scoring their counterparts 18-3. Keirsha Dickson, a 5 foot 7 inch junior, hit a nifty running lefty layup in front of the hoop to give Morgan a 49-14 lead.
While coach Matthews substituted liberally in the 4th quarter, the Dons would outscore the Trojans slightly by 5 points, leading to the final score of 58-26.
Blazzard, who coach Matthews feels may have played her best game of her young career, lead the Trojans with 17 points on 7/10 from the field, 2/2 on 3 point baskets, 8 steals and 7 assists. Schenk would add 12 points, hitting 2/3 from distance, and added 6 rebounds. Western Oregon commit Kelsey Henry finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals, while senior Whitney Morgan and sophomore Shaylie Duncan scored 6 points each.
The Lady Trojans will continue their romp towards a state title on Thursday February 23rd in St. George at Dixie State college, with the last game of the day at 9 p.m., and will be playing 4th ranked Desert Hills.