Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 9:12 AM
ROY — She is back and already playing at a high level.
Just over a year removed from a knee injury in the Trojans’ season opener that prematurely ended her junior season, Rashel Blazzard is quickly making up for lost time.
Blazzard, Morgan’s senior point guard and the state’s No. 4 scorer coming in averaging 18.0 points per game, splashed in a career-high 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting Tuesday in the undefeated Trojans’ 82-51 non-league runaway over previously unbeaten Roy High in Ted Smith Gymnasium.
The 17-year-old Blazzard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee on Nov. 20, 2012, during a 50-45 home-court loss to Mountain Crest. She waited until January 2013 to undergo surgery after weighing her options.
“The knee is good (Blazzard doesn’t wear a brace). I tore my ACL four minutes into our first game,” she said. “I crossed over and I could have banged knees with another player. I could feel it and knew it was not good. It still feels different, but I don’t notice it in the game.
“It was devastating not being able to play last season,” she said. “It was the worst experience ever. I got cleared to start playing again the end of April or first of May. I took it slow at first.”
Morgan raced to a 25-point, first-quarter lead behind a 35-point barrage aided by 10 Royals’ turnovers.
“This is the best we’ve played together this season,” Blazzard said. “Coach (Brad Matthews) said this is the best quarter Morgan has ever played. I’ve been waiting for that to happen; we did it in summer ball. We were in sync with everybody.”
Blazzard, the fourth of seven sisters to play for the Trojans, had six rebounds, six assists, four steals and just three turnovers before departing with 5:03 remaining and Morgan ahead by 35 points.
“It was sad to come out; we wanted to keep playing,” Blazzard said. “We’re up-tempo and run-and-gun. We love to push the ball.”
Savanna Brooks tossed in 13 points, going 5 of 8 from the floor. She was 3 for 4 from deep with five boards, four assists, five steals and only one turnover. Lisa VanCampen had 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, seven blocks and two steals for Morgan.
The Trojans shot 54.0 percent (33 of 61) — 33.3 percent (6 of 18) from 3-point range — with 36 rebounds, 23 assists, 19 steals and 26 turnovers.
Morgan (5-0 overall) recorded a season-high point total with its third victory over a state 4-A school. The Trojans have not scored fewer than 62 points in a game this season.
“We have a deep bench and we trust everybody on the court,” Blazzard said. “We knew where each other was on the floor. I think we have what it takes. We’ve worked hard to be 5-0.
“I thought it would be a close game,” she said. “We were up (16 points) at halftime (41-25) here my sophomore year, and (Kaitlyn) Hurley hit a buzzer-beater 3-pointer to beat us (62-59). We wanted to beat them today.”
Hurley, the No. 6 scorer in the 4-A ranks coming in at 17.7 ppg, scored a team-high 15 points with a lone field goal. She was 13 of 17 at the free-throw line for Roy (3-1).
Whitney Hatch and Aubrey Porter each had 12 points for the Royals, who committed 32 turnovers and attempted 39 foul shots.
• SYRACUSE 46, PLEASANT GROVE 44: At Syracuse, the Titans got a much-needed win.
Jayda Bovero led the offense with 32 points, while Sharlee Dimick did the job defensively, shutting down her opponents.
The Titans went ahead early, then trailed by three after halftime. After regaining the lead, Syracuse held off Pleasant Grove.
• OGDEN 56, LAYTON CHRISTIAN: At Ogden, the Tigers showed little mercy in posting the home victory.
Ogden’s defense helped build a 31-2 lead at halftime. Katelyn Shaw led the Tigers with 15 points and nine rebounds. Allie Hyde added 11 points, Xena Motes added 10 poins and 10 boards, while Deborah Belnap tallied four steals, three assists and two points.
Two LCA players finished with seven points apiece.
• ALTA 75, WEBER 33: At Pleasant View, the Warriors fell behind against a talented Alta squad and ran out of gas in the second half. Mariah Martin scored 22 points and Madison Quigley added 20. Hannah Johnson and J. Shaw paced Weber with seven points apiece
• ST. JOSEPH 33, GRANTSVILLE 21: At Grantsville, the Jayhawks won the road battle. No other details were reported.
Northridge 44, Ben Lomond 30: At Ogden, the Knights jumped out to an early 10-point lead and kept Ben Lomond at bay the rest of the way.
Janessa Cannell finished with 10 points and eight boards, while Ann Tueller added nine points and 10 rebounds in the win.
• MOUNTAIN CREST 54, CYPRUS 40: At Magna, the Mustangs broke the game open after halftime. Baylee Willden poured in a team-high 11 points.
Layton 58, Cottonwood 26: At Salt Lake City, Layton had 12 different players find the box score as the Lancers used a 22-4 run in the second quarter to blow past Cottonwood on the road.
Maddi Smith drained three 3-pointers and led the Lancers with 17 points
• BONNEVILLE 37, SPRINGVILLE 33: At Springville, Bonneville ended the game on a 14-3 tear to pull of the comeback win on the road. Cortney Porter totaled a game-high 17 points for the Lakers.
Contact reporter Dennis Larsen at 801-625-4264, email@example.com.
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