MORGAN -- It's hard to point to any one thing that was the real difference in Tuesday's game between rivals Morgan and Bear River. But it's safe to say that Morgan did just a little bit better job at making open shots, grabbing rebounds, handling the ball and hitting free throws than the Bears did.
The combination of all those things helped propel the Trojans to a 61-48 win and another Region 11 championship. With two games left to play in the regular season, Morgan (10-0 in league play, 16-2 overall) has a three-game lead over the Bears and has assured itself one of the top seeds in the state 3-A tournament. The Trojans have won 14 straight.
"There was a lot of pressure on us to win this game," Morgan coach Brad Matthews said. "Because if we don't get this one, then we'd have Ogden and Ogden's a good team. So it was good to get this one, especially against Bear River. They are so tough and Van Park is such a good coach."
Morgan's McKenzie Schenk scored a game-high 22 points and nabbed 11 rebounds, while teammate Lisa VanCampen narrowly missed a double-double of her own with 11 points and nine boards. Breanna Hurlbut added eight points, seven rebounds and seven steals for the Trojans, while Jessica Carter had nine points off the bench, including six in the second quarter when VanCampen found herself in early foul trouble.
"I can't think of any dominant individual play that won that game for us," Matthews said. "It was the whole team. A steal on one end, then coming down and making a good pass and getting a layup. It was fun to watch a good team effort."
The Bears (6-3, 8-10) hung right with Morgan for the first half, but they just couldn't hit shots or grab the rebounds they wanted in the second half as the Trojans slowly pulled away.
"I thought the biggest difference was that Morgan came out and really hit the offensive glass in that third quarter," Park said. "At the start of that quarter they got four or five shots right in a row and that's a real momentum booster for the other team and a killer for us.
"Morgan is a hard place to play and they always have a great team," Park added. "But I like the progression of our girls and our ability to hang with a quality team like that. We've just got to make shots and rebound a little better."
Jordan Theurer topped Bear River with 18 points while sophomore Alyssa Park added 14.
The loss snapped Bear River's four-game winning streak.
The Tooele at Ogden and Ben Lomond at Grantsville games were postponed due to weather conditions.
* BOX ELDER 59, ROY 54: At Roy, the Royals fell to the Bees in a key battle for positioning in the Region 5 standings.
Mitzi Munns scored 18 points, while Lindseay Warner added 10 and McCall Uyematsu and Megan Sutto added nine apiece.
Roy led 13-5 after one quarter and 21-20 at the break. But Box Elder won the nip-and-tuck battle, going 18 of 27 from the foul line.
Kaitlyn Hurley tallied 26 points for the Royals, while Whitney Hatch added 15.
* BONNEVILLE 64, LOGAN 45: At Washington Terrace, the Lakers' big guns shot down the Grizzlies with a balanced attack.
Coach Mike Russell's squad built a 32-20 halftime edge and coasted the rest of the way. The Lakers remained unbeaten overall..
Emilie Volk led the way with 20 points with five boards. Kayle Eilertson added 19, with three 3-pointers. Lexie Stratford added 10 points, four rebounds and five assists for the Lakers.
Cortney Porter chipped in with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Lauren Mott paced Logan with 17 points, while Megan Mills added 16.
* MOUNTAIN CREST 42, SKY VIEW 37 (OT): At Smithfield, the momentum went back and forth, with the Mustangs winning the overtime period with a big offensive outburst.
The Bobcats led 22-18 at halftime, but managed just two points in the fourth quarter and two in the overtime. Lindsey Jensen scored 20 for Sky View. Tara Goldman added 14 points and 15 boards.
* CLEARFIELD 43, WOODS CROSS 34: At Woods Cross, the Falcons picked up a key road victory with a balanced attack and a strong finish to the game.
Kaitlyn Stratton scored 17 points for Clearfield, which trailed 34-32 early in the fourth quarter but won the final period 14-3.
Jocelyn Jones added nine points, while Bailey Douglass tallied seven points for the Falcons..
Aubree Riddle scored 10 points, while Malu Naeole added nine points. The Wildcats struggled with foul trouble and made just 9 of 17 free throws.
In the other Region 6 game, Bountiful topped Highland 55-39 on its home court.
Tiana Dougher led Bountiful with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Jenny Skedros added 17 points with eight steals to hand Highland a sixth consecutive region loss.