MORGAN -- Morgan's 50-45 loss to Mountain Crest may have been much more than an ordinary defeat. The Trojans may have lost one of their best players too.
Not five minutes into the game and with a comfortable 9-3 lead over the Mustangs, junior point guard Rashel Blazzard did a crossover dribble at midcourt and then seemed to collide with a Mountain Crest defender. As the ball went the other direction, Blazzard writhed in pain in the middle of the floor, clutching her knee.
At the time, Blazzard had five points, including a 3-pointer. But without her on the court, the Trojans struggled. They committed 18 turnovers, including two costly ones with less than a minute to play, missed a variety of open shots and layups and just seemed a little out of sorts.
"That's a tough one," Morgan coach Brad Matthews said of Blazzard's injury. "Our team changes without her in there. She puts so much ball pressure on defense and then puts so much pressure on the defense with her offense. We get really young without her."
Initial indications are that Blazzard may have torn her meniscus, which typically means a three or four month recovery time. In other words a season ender. But Matthews is cautiously optimistic it won't be quite that serious.
McKenzie Schenk led the Trojans with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Breanna Hurlbut had seven points and nine boards. Matthews was particularly impressed with Hurlbut's non-stop effort.
"Bre did a great job," he said. "She really kept us in that game. She's not our tallest girl, but she was really going after it and getting rebounds."
Kelsey Kartchner scored 14 points to lead Mountain Crest, which hit 16-of-20 free throws, including 7-of-9 in the fourth quarter to keep the Trojans just out of reach.
It's only one game, but the Trojans have some work to do -- especially if they have to do it without their starting point guard.
"I told them afterward, 'You've got some shoes to fill, so be ready,'" Matthews said.
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