OGDEN — On occasion an athlete will be such a dominating force in his or her sport that they become known simply by their first name or a nickname.
Pro basketball has Shaq, Kobe, Dr. J, Michael and the Mailman, while a guy named "Jimmer" is currently taking the college hoops world by storm.
In Utah girl's high school basketball — and especially in Morgan County — "Spud" is perhaps a name most fans are familiar with.
Morgan High’s Ashley "Spud" Garfield stepped up in a big way in leading her squad to its eighth consecutive victory Thursday night with a 71-30 win over Ben Lomond in Region 11 action.
Garfield ended up with a monster game, scoring 28 points and hauling in 18 rebounds, while playing in just the first three quarters.
With the win, the Trojans improve to 14-3 overall and 6-0 in league play.
"Spud had a great game, it was her game tonight," Morgan head coach Brad Matthew said. "She rebounded well and had a double-double by halftime. The whole team played great defense, and when you hold a team to 30 points, you know you've played a good game."
Morgan outscored the Scots 25-6 in the third quarter to turn the game into a route.
The Scots (7-9, 2-3), however, were able to make the game interesting in the first half.
With his team down by eight and playing mostly man-to-man defense early on, Ben Lomond head coach Andrew Short threw a box-and-1 defense at the Trojans in the second quarter. Though it didn't work to perfection, it seemed to slow down the Trojan attack and kept the Scots in the game through halftime, trailing 32-17 at the break.
Garfield, who earned the moniker "Spud" at a young age when her parents found her gnawing on a raw potato, had 18 hard-earned points at the half, including 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.
"We started out really slow. Give credit to Ben Lomond, they came out with a good game plan and executed it well,” said the BYU-bound sharpshooter. "You just have to find different ways to score; find your open teammate. I have to be willing to go down there (in the paint) and get the garbage points."
Junior forward Taylor Hughes led Ben Lomond with eight first-half points.Comment on this story
"Morgan's one of the best teams in the state,” Short said. “I thought we played them tough, and the final score wasn't indicative of what the final effort was on our part. Brad's one of the best coaches in the state and they made adjustments at the half. They came out and made some shots and we didn't."
Turnovers and poor shooting plagued the Scots in the second half, which limited their ability to keep up with the Trojans and Garfield, who ended up 10-for-10 from the line for the game.
Freshman forward McKenzie Schenk came off the bench in the fourth quarter and scored 10 points, while senior point guard Becca Rees added 12 points for the game.
Hughes led Ben Lomond with 11 points, while seniors Kambri Broad and Lindsey James chipped in with eight points each.