ST. GEORGE - In a stunning conclusion to the quarterfinal round of the state 3-A tournament, the Morgan Trojans' girls' basketball team was KO'd by a taller, more aggressive team from Desert Hills, 46-29, late Thursday night.
The loss meant an 0-for-4 day by Region 11 girls and boys teams, including both Morgan squads, which had gone undefeated during league play.
The Lady Trojans fell behind 6-0 early in the first quarter and saw starting forward McKenzie Schenk whistled for two quick fouls. And it only got worse from there.
Normally a high-scoring team, the Trojans managed just 10 points in the first half thanks to a boat-load of missed shots and turnovers. Meanwhile, the Thunder, led by 6-foot-1 center Haley Bodnar and sophomore guard Blair Bliss, did almost anything they wanted as they built a 17-point advantage.
And things didn't get any better in the second half. The Thunder (17-6) increased their lead to 22 points by the end of the third quarter before settling for the 17-point win.
Kelsey Henry led the Trojans (18-5) with eight points. Rashel Blazzard added seven points - all in the second half. Schenk, the Trojans' third-leading scorer was held to just two points, which she scored with five seconds left in the game.