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Lady Trojans taking control

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Remember that seven-game losing streak the Lady Trojans were on a few weeks ago? Well, it’s long gone and the Trojans have firmly planted themselves at the top of the Region 13 standings.

Morgan went 3-0 this past week, including wins over Summit Academy, South Summit and Grantsville.

Morgan 54, Summit Academy 32

Last Tuesday, the Trojans traveled to Draper to take on the Bears in the first Region 13 game of the season. MHS jumped out to a 12-4 lead and cruised from there. The Trojans outscored Summit Academy in every quarter and immediately let every other team in the region know that Morgan will be a team to be reckoned with.

Senior guard Jaci Jensen went 6-for-10 from the field against the Bears, including 3-for-6 from the 3-point line to finish with a game-high 17 points. Lisa Blazzard added 11 points and seven rebounds, while Paige Gleason came off the bench to toss in seven points. Gleason also had three steals.

Morgan 58, South Summit 46

At home against the Wildcats last Thursday, the Trojans struggled in the first half, scoring just nine points in the first quarter and 11 in the second. It was reminiscent of the poor shooting games they had during their losing streak. However, this is a different team than it was three or four weeks ago. Instead of hanging their heads when the ball doesn’t go in the basket, the players now remain confident.

In the second half, that confidence showed, particularly in the third quarter, when the Trojans outscored the Wildcats by 11 to build a 14-point advantage.

“The girls are starting to come together,” Morgan coach Kade Morrell said. “We made tonight a lot harder than is should have been, but it’s coming. Even when we’re down, the confidence isn’t gone. The previous week, our confidence was just shot. So I’m much more comfortable now, seeing their confidence regardless of the score.”

That Morrell was even at the game was remarkable. Earlier in the day he had knee surgery and didn’t leave the hospital until 4 p.m.

“I love these girls,” Morrell said. “Anytime we can spend time together, I’ll do it.”

Jensen scored 14 points to lead the Trojans’ scoring attack, while Marcie Stapley added 10 points and nine rebounds. Stapley’s strong inside play since returning from injury has been a huge boon for the Trojans, who had been sorely lacking a presence in the middle. The Trojans also got a big lift off the bench from junior sharpshooter Meagan Matthews, who hit a pair of 3-pointers in her 10 minutes of play.

“I tell them that whoever is confident and working hard, that’s who we’ll put in,” Morrell said. “It could be anybody on any given night.”

Morgan senior Lisa Blazzard feels like the team has worked its way back to where it should be.

“I think we’ve got our mental game where it needs to be,” she said. “We have the potential in our players to be really good. We’re building on every game and it’s just getting better and better.”

“We can take state this year,” Blazzard added. “We’re a very competitive team and we have all the potential and all the skills, more than anyone in our region. I think we can beat them and take region and then take state.”

MHS 63, Grantsville 50

Against the Cowboys on Tuesday, Morgan took a three-point lead into halftime before making a big surge in the third quarter. Led by senior Morgan Cragun, the Trojans went on a 14-3 run to start the second half and never looked back. They outscored Grantsville 21-11 in the third period and then staved off a late Grantsville rally to win by 13. The impressive road win was Morgan’s fourth win in a row, its longest such streak of the season.

Cragun snapped out of her recent shooting slump to finish with 20 points on 8-of-11 field goals. She also hit 4-of-6 free throws. Jensen added 15 points and Blazzard had 13 for the Trojans, who shot 51 percent from the floor.

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