The Morgan girls basketball squad traveled to Orem Tuesday Dec. 7th to take on 4A power Mtn. View high school. The Lady Bruins are traditionally a very tough team to beat and are always in the running for a state championship. It would prove to be a great battle between two great teams.
The first quarter would prove a couple of things-- 1) it would be a close defensive battle, with the biggest lead for either school being 6 points, and 2) the Lady Bruins were going to make life as difficult as possible for Morgan leading scorer Ashley Garfield. Racheal Johnson would score 2 hoops on tough layups, and Shaelee Pentz would score another, but those 6 points were all the team could muster for the quarter. Fortunately, the Morgan defense was just as stingy, allowing a mere 7 points for the home team.
In the second quarter, Mtn. View would jump ahead by a 12-6 score, but the Trojans battled back to tie it at 12 following two Kelsey Henry free throws, a Spud Garfield jumper, and a steal and a tough layup by Freshman Rashel Blazzard. Garfield would pick up her 3rd foul in the quarter, and Mtn. View would lead at half time 18-16.
The Trojans would hit their stride in the 3rd quarter, scoring 16 points and playing great defense with multiple steals, deflections, blocked shots and offensive rebounds to go up 32-29 going into the 4th.
Kelsey Henry would hit a baseline jumper early in the 4th to put Morgan up 34-29, but that would be the last points the Trojans would score. Morgan would make some uncharacteristic bad passes that would give the Bruins extra possessions, and with 19 seconds left the score was tied at 34. Spud Garfield was fouled and at the line for 2 shots, but was unable to convert. Morgan then played stifling defense and appeared to create turnovers twice in the last 10 seconds, but both times the calls went to the home team. A foul was called on the Trojans with 2.6 seconds left, and the Bruins would convert both to give them the win at 36-34.
Garfield would lead the way with double/double of 11 points and 11 boards, her 4th consecutive double/double. Johnson would add 8 points and 6 boards, and Henry added 8 points and 4 boards.
Both teams had 14 field goals and made 5 free throws, but Mtn. View made two more 3 point baskets than Morgan did.