Strong second and fourth quarters led the Lady Trojans to a 59-52 victory Tuesday, Nov. 25, over 4A powerhouse Timpview. Down 14-17 at the end of the first quarter, Morgan put in 18 points in the second quarter to lead 32-28 at the half. Going into the fourth quarter with tied at 39-39, Morgan outpaced the Thunderbirds 20-13 and came away with the win to level their season record at 1-1. It was a fantastic team effort. The girls fought hard all game. The bench and young players gave us big minutes, Coach Kade Morrell shared. The varsity played very well against a very physical Timpview team, assistant Coach Randal Clark reported. The Morgan players decided to take it inside instead of relying on the three point shot as much. Savanna Brooks, two different times, missed a free throw and rebounded her own shot for a put back. The second time was toward the end of the game when we were up by four with about 1:30 remaining in the game and rebounded her own missed free throw and scored the basket, which put us up by six at a key point in the game. Brooks had a great night with 18 points and five rebounds. Alli Tonks lead the scoring for a second straight game with 19 points (four three-pointers), five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Lily Henry added seven points, four rebounds and three assists. Kate Blazzard had four points and five rebounds and Brookelyn Hurlbut had the inverse, five points and four rebounds. A week later, defensive pressure and points off of turnovers helped Morgan cruise to a 67-39 victory over visiting 4A Mountain Crest on Tuesday, Dec. 2. A full court press, initiated from the beginning of the game, forced a number of Mustang turnovers that the Lady Trojans quickly converted into points. Up 22-13 at the end of the first quarter, Morgan went on to score 23 points in the second quarter while holding Mountain Crest to just eight. Leading 45-21 at halftime, the Trojan starters maintained their lead going into the fourth quarter 58-29, and were pulled midway through the fourth quarter with the score at 61-34. In a game that saw 17 different players on the court for Morgan, seniors Jessica Carter and Lizzie Peterson stepped up and delivered their best game of the season. Carter had 11 points, going three for four from three point range, five blocked shots, five steals, five assists and six rebounds. Peterson had seven points, including two back-to-back layups off steals, five total steals and two blocked shots. Lizzie and Jessica really played well tonight. It is great to see different girls step up for us each night, Coach Kade Morrell commented after the game. Other big scorers of the night were Savannah Brooks and Alli Tonks with 13 points each, Brookelyn Hurlbut with 10 and Lily Henry with 7. We had an impressive start. We started very aggressive and had great passing. It was fun to watch the girls play tonight, Morrell concluded. Junior Varsity The junior varsity lost a close contest to Timpview, 44-45. Bailee Pierce was a standout player who hustled and made some key shots to keep the game close, Coach Becca Nelson observed. This game gave the JV team a wakeup call that we have to play every game with a desire to win. Morgan High will always have a target on our back as the team to beat and no team will take it easy on us. Timpview played us tough and didn’t let down the entire game. We need to refocus and take it practice by practice, game by game to find our groove as a team, she continued. The JV team also lost their battle on Dec. 2, 41-65 as they continue to search for the right combination of players to sync into a cohesive unit on the court. Down 22-33 at the half, Morgan failed to find an answer in the second half to Mountain Crest’s combination of taller inside players and outside shooters who hit many three-pointers during the game. Sophomore Brookelyn Hurlbut and freshman Morgan Cragun led the scoring as 10 different Morgan players added points in the games. Hurlbut had 11 points and five rebounds and Cragun added 10 points, five steals and five rebounds. Bailee Pierce added five points and four rebounds as well. Sophomores The sophomore team lost to Timpview 35-36. In a tightly fought game, Morgan led 18-17 at the half. Although the Thunderbirds only outscored Morgan by three in the third period, the Lady Trojans were unable to come back and steal the victory, falling by one point. I’m proud of the way the girls fought in a close game. We rebounded the ball well, and if we can cut down on turnovers and take care of the ball down the stretch, we will win a lot of games, Coach Brennen Fuller noted. Tess Henry and Kazarie Kephart each had seven points and Kendall Sommers had six. Lisa Blazzard had 12 rebounds while Kayla Streadbeck and Marcie Stapley each added six. However, the team finally scored their first victory of the season with a 47-39 win over Mountain Crest. Morgan had a lead most of the game, but Mountain Crest got close to end the third quarter down only three, 32-29. A big fourth quarter defensively and offensively helped seal the victory for the Lady Trojans. [The girls] finally came together and won a game. Down the stretch they had the motivation to beat the other team. They caused turnovers with their defense and scored well and in the end, they wanted it more than Mountain Crest, responded Coach Brennen Fuller. Fuller noted, Lisa [Blazzard] had a big game for us and controlled the ball really well. Marcie [Stapley] and Macady [Drennan] also had great games. Marcie had great rebounding and Macady had a big steal near the end and put it in for a basket. Blazzard got a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Stapley had nine rebounds and five points while Drennan had eight points, three assists and five rebounds. Kendall Sommers added nine points as well and Jaci Jensen added seven rebounds. Freshmen The freshman team overpowered Timpview in a 60-18 victory. Three players scored in double figures as Morgan held the home team to single digit scoring each quarter. Leading 12-6 after the first, Morgan increased their lead to 29-10 at the half and allowed only eight points in the second half. The freshman played an awesome game, Freshman Coach Randal Clark commented. I have 11 girls and could start any combination of five and not lose a beat. In fact, I started a different five in the Timpview game than last week against Carbon. We started the game like we started the Carbon game, trying to force our passes and shots. But after a few minutes the girls settled in and let the game come to them. In our 1-3-1 full court press, the girls anticipated very well and got steals and finished with a score on the other end. Our best offense was our defense in this game. Our theme this year, as a whole Lady Trojan team, is ÷Win the Day.’ The freshman decided to add to that goal in this game to ÷Win the Quarter,’ and they did. Morgan Cragun had 14 points with nine steals, and Lisa Blazzard and Makennah Morrell each contributed 12 points with Blazzard adding six steals and Morrell four.
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