MORGAN -- In the end, the Mountain Crest Mustangs were too strong underneath and took better care of the basketball. The result was a 57-50 road win over Morgan on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.
Mountain Crest's trio of post players, Bri Jessop, Jordi Willden and Karlee Kartchner, combined for 41 of Mountain Crest's 57 points and most were scored less than 10 feet from the basket.
Jessop, who finished with 20 points, and Willden, who added 17, ignited a 13-2 run to start the third quarter and helped the Mustangs come back from a seven-point halftime deficit.
"We always know it's going to be tough against Morgan," Mustangs coach Brittany Phillips said. "I think their reputation got to us a little in the first half and we played a little scared. So I had to remind them that we're a pretty good team, too."
Morgan was led by senior Ashley Garfield, who finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Becca Rees added nine points on three 3-pointers and Kelsey Henry finished with eight, but the Trojans got little else from the rest of the team.
The Trojans, who have high expectations this year, uncharacteristically turned the ball over 18 times, including five times in the last 5:01 of the game. At one point in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs scored eight points before Morgan even put up a shot.
Add to that an unusually porous defense and it was clear this was not the Trojans' night.
"Our defense was definitely soft," Morgan coach Brad Matthews said. "We want to be more of a hard-nosed defensive team. And we usually take care of the ball really well. First game jitters I guess. We've got some things to work on, definitely."
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Box Elder trailed 36-31 going into the fourth quarter, but Vincent scored six of her 10 in the final quarter as the Bees cut the deficit to one. Judge made a pair of critical free throws and Box Elder missed a chance to go ahead late.
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"She's going to be a pretty good one for us," Weber coach Rick Stoeckl said.
Julie Caputo led Skyline with 13 points.
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