The Morgan High School girls basketball team capped off a 20-6 season with a third-place finish at the 3A state tournament. The Lady Trojans won their home playoff game 59-44 over Hurricane on Feb. 18 to advance to the tournament at Utah State University.
Morgan overpowered its first- round opponent, Grantsville, 56-49, late Thursday evening and moved on to a semifinal match up against Richfield on Friday. Although the Lady Trojans led most of the game, they were unable to get the shots to fall at the end of the contest and fell 40-48 to the Lady Wildcats. Saturday morning, the girls rebounded to beat Carbon on a last-minute three-point shot 47-45.
“I am very proud of the girls and our season,” Coach Kade Morrell summarized. “I have a team full of champions and I am honored to be their coach. It is fun to see them play together and succeed.”
In her final game as a Lady Trojan, Brookelyn Hurlbut finished as she started the season—leading the Lady Trojan scoring. Hurlbut finished with 20 points and the game winning three-point shot. She also added eight rebounds and four assists. Jaylyn VanDyke contributed a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Marcie Stapley tallied nine points and eight rebounds. Morgan Cragun, Lisa Blazzard and Jaci Jensen added three, two and one point to finish out the scoring. Cragun recorded a game-high six assists and Jensen three steals.
In the loss to Richfield, Morgan led 26-22 at the half, but Richfield outscored Morgan 26-14 in the second half to earn the victory. Hurlbut led Morgan with 20 points and Jensen hit three three-pointers to add nine. VanDyke added six points with Stapley and Cragun rounding out the scoring with three and two points respectively.
Morgan’s opening game against Grantsville was truly a team effort with three players in double figures. Hurlbut led with 16 points with Cragun and VanDyke following with 13 and 12 points respectively. Hurlbut grabbed 13 boards and had three steals with Stapley adding 10 rebounds, four steals and three points. Jensen tallied seven points, five rebounds and three steals while Kayden Jorgensen added five points in the victory.