By Bill Bateman
The Morgan Lady Trojan basketball team made it a clean sweep of their Region 11 opponents, going 5-0 to start off league play after polishing off the Lady Bears of Bear River by a score of 84-47. The Trojans will now begin their second trip around the league, starting Thursday Jan. 27th at Ben Lomond.
The Trojans latest victim was the Lady Bears, who came to town with a spotless 4-0 region record, the same as the Lady Trojans. The winner of this game would take control of first place in the region standings.
Morgan jumped out to a 22-14 lead in the first, with 6 players getting into the scoring column. Senior forward Ashley “Spud” Garfield and senior center Chelsey Stegelmeier scored 6 points apiece for the Trojans in the quarter.
With the Lady Bears scoring points in transition off of the Morgan press in the first quarter, Morgan Coach Matthews went to a straight man to man defense in the second. The Trojans great defensive effort held the Bears without a field goal for the first 5:30 of the quarter. Meanwhile the Trojans offense went off, scoring 26 points in the quarter to open up a 45-18 lead with a little over 2 minutes left in the quarter. Senior shooting guard Shaelee Pentz, along with Junior center Kelsey Henry and Spud Garfield did most of the damage offensively. Henry and Spud were nearly unstoppable in the paint, and Pentz bombed away from the outside. Morgan lead was 48-20 at the half.
The Lady Bears would try to come back with some pesky defense, but the Trojans were unfazed and continued to pour it on in the third quarter. Pentz and Henry would continue to score big in the quarter, and Seniors Becca Rees and Rachael Johnson would score points as well. When freshman Rashel Blazzard knocked down 2 free throws to end the quarter, the score was 70-34 for the Lady Trojans.
The fourth quarter was evenly played, as the Trojans would score 14 points to 13 for Bear River and win 84-47.
Garfield lead the way for the Trojans with 20 points on 8-10 shooting, and added 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Pentz would end up with 19 points on 8-15 shooting, with two 3 pointers, and Henry would add 18 points on 6-10 shooting, and pulled down 5 rebounds. Stegelmeier was a stat stuffer, with 8 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 steals, and 7 deflections. Becca Rees added 5 points, 7 assists and 5 steals, while Rachael Johnson scored 5 points, hauled in 13 big rebounds, and added 6 assists.