Region 9’s girls basketball teams completed their sweep of the 3A State Quarterfinals when Desert Hills clobbered Morgan 42-20 Thursday night in a game very reminiscent to last year’s second round matchup between the two teams.
In that game, Desert Hills won 46-29.
The Thunder will square off against Snow Canyon today at 2:30 p.m. immediately following a matchup between Cedar and Dixie at Weber State’s Dee Events Center.
“Coach (Chris Allred) prepared us really well before we came up here,” Thunder guard Blair Bliss (9 points, 6 assists) said. “That’s probably the most prepared I’ve felt going into a game.”
Desert Hills shut out the Trojans 10-0 in the first period and never relinquished the lead.
The score was 19-8 at halftime.
Morgan, led by Lisa Van Campen (6 points) made some decent runs in the second half, including a brief sequence in the third period when Kennedy Gibson and Jessica Carter each converted 3-point plays within the span of a minute to cut the lead to single digits, 26-18.
But there was too much Haley Bodnar (10 points, 4 rebounds) and Blair Bliss for the Trojans to contend with. The 6-foot-3 center responded with a bucket, and then Bliss dropped in a layup moments later to push the lead back to 14 with a minute to go in the third.
Bodnar then hit an impressive hook shot, followed by another Bliss steal and bucket that left Morgan trailing big, 36-18, at the start of the fourth.
Desert Hills held on from there and rode away with the easy victory.
“It went the way we wanted,” Allred said. “I thought we played great defense and offensively we did what we needed.”
The Thunder shot 40.5 percent on the night and 42.9 percent from downtown, hitting 3 out of 7 shots from beyond the arc.