The way the Morgan High School girls’ basketball team is playing right now, it may not lose another game this year.
On Tuesday, the Trojans knocked off another challenger, Judge Memorial, 70-52, to move to 4-0 in Region 13 play. It was their fifth straight win. Morgan also finally evened its overall record at 9-9, which is a considerable achievement after losing seven straight during December and January.
The Trojans are now well-positioned for a region title, provided they maintain their current level of play. But MHS coach Kade Morrell is not even thinking about region championships right now.
“The girls have put themselves in a good position and I’m proud of them,” he said. “But our focus is just one game. We got another game on Thursday and that’s the only thing we’re talking about.”
Against Judge, Morgan turned an early 9-2 deficit into a 28-26 halftime lead. Then in the third quarter, the Trojans went on a very impressive 22-3 run to put the game away.
“After that slow start, we had a fantastic third quarter,” Morrell said. “That was our whole talk at halftime. We said, ‘Guys, just play basketball.’ They were a little tight that first half, but boy, they started moving well. You keep your spacing and hit a couple of shots and it makes a big difference.”
The Trojans got significant contributions from up and down the bench. Senior Lisa Blazzard led the way with 15 points, including a pair of 3-pointers and 7-of-10 foul shots. Blazzard also had four assists, three rebounds and three steals. Fellow senior Marcie Stapley was a force in the paint, hitting 5-of-7 field goals and all four of her free throws for 14 points. She also grabbed 12 boards.
Then there was Jaci Jensen. The Trojans’ starting point guard had 13 points, including three 3-pointers and six steals. Off the bench, Kayden Jorgensen had her best game in more than a month, scoring 11 points, including two 3s. One of her 3-pointers turned into a four-point play, as she was fouled on the shot. Jacie House was equally impressive, hitting all three of her 3-point attempts for nine points.
“That’s the fun thing with this team,” Morrell said. “Any given night, and even any given minute, it can be somebody different. Everybody who came off the bench tonight gave us big minutes. We’re coming together at a great time and playing some good ball.”
For Judge Memorial, Miyalla Tarver scored a season-high 36 points, but no one else had more than seven.
Morgan’s final home game of the season will be on Feb. 1 against Grantsville.