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High school girls basketball: No. 8 Morgan upsets No. 1 South Sevier in 3A quarterfinals

South Sevier’s Leah Torgerson, left, and Morgan’s Ruby Farley battle for a rebound Thursday evening in Richfield in the 3A state tournament quarterfinals on Feb. 25, 2021
David Anderson

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Heading into Thursday night’s game against South Sevier, the Morgan Trojans knew they were going to pull together.

The Trojans did just that, knocking out No. 1 seed South Sevier 50-43 at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.

“They’re a very dynamic team,” said Morgan coach Sterling Mack. He said he was impressed with his girls being able to stand up to the notoriously tough Rams.

“We have a really good team,” Mack said. “The girls love each other, and they believe in each other.”

South Sevier led early, capturing a 13-10 edge in the first period. However, Morgan reeled them back in and jumped ahead in the second, going on a 14-7 run.

Janel Blazzard proved lethal from both the field and the foul line, scoring 17 points, including three 3-pointers. She also hit all four of her foul shots during the game.

Alyvia Jaffa led inside for Morgan, pulling down 12 rebounds. Alex Trussell was able to add 15 points to Morgan’s tally while nabbing nine rebounds.

Elena Birkeland also hit a trio of downtowners on her way to 13 points for Morgan.

From the field, Morgan’s girls shot 42% for the game to South Sevier’s 29%.

South Sevier’s Presley Chappell led the Rams with a double-double that included 16 points and 10 rebounds. Cassie Johnson posted 10 points for the Rams.

“We have girls who love basketball and it’s just fun,” Mack said. “That’s what it’s been all year, energy and togetherness and everything took care of itself from there.”

Mack said his entire team, as well as the fans who showed up to support the Trojans, helped propel them to the win.

“Everyone played a role tonight and that’s why we won the game,” Mack said.

Moving forward, the Trojans will be in the semifinals Friday against Carbon. Carbon is coming off a close 52-49 overtime win over Richfield.

If Morgan is to have a shot at beating Carbon, it will depend on execution, Mack said.

“We need to come in and have energy at the beginning of the game and make sure we’re playing efficient defense,” Mack said. He said the plan is to allow one shot per possession.

“We’ll attack the boards if we have to,” Mack said. “I think we’ll take care of ourselves from there.”