Another region game, another Lady Trojan blowout.
On Feb. 7, the Lady Trojans’ high-powered offense steamrolled Union 93-26. That’s not a misprint. The Lady Trojans won by 67 points. Superstar senior Rashel Blazzard outscored the Lady Cougars all by herself. Blazzard 29, Cougars 26.
In the process of amassing an 18-1 record (6-0 region), the team has won its region games by an average score of 78-36. But this team is more than a one-woman show. “We have a lot of unity on this team. We play for each other and play well together,” said starting center, Lisa Van Campen.
The 6’1” “Leaning Tower of Lisa” has dominated opponents defensively this season. “I was really skinny, awkward and uncoordinated as a freshman,” laughed Van Campen. “Then, I started lifting and putting on weight. I also started working harder on my offensive game. You know, I didn’t even score my first three-pointer until 2013 summer ball.”
If you watched the first quarter of Friday’s game, you saw a polished, confident, dominating performance by Van Campen, who scored 10 points during the quarter. She hit from three-point range, mid-range and on put-backs after grabbing offensive rebounds.
Union’s offense couldn’t score or rebound in the paint due in large part to Van Campen’s presence. And consider this: Van Campen didn’t even play basketball in the fifth or sixth grade. She played Junior Jazz ball in Morgan, moved to Provo and took off a couple seasons, then resumed basketball after returning to Morgan.
Regarding the upcoming playoffs, Van Campen said the key to winning state is to “take it one game at a time and understand that every game is important and each win gets us one step closer to our goal. Also, several of us went through the playoffs last year. We learned that you can’t put too much pressure on yourself. You have to focus on doing your part and trust that everyone else will do their part as well.”
The No. 1 region seed will be on the line Friday night against Juan Diego, and then the team will host a first-round playoff game on Feb. 21.