WEST VALLEY CITY If you glanced at a shot chart tracking Chelsea Garfield's scoring over the course of the season, you would quickly discover the Morgan High forward scores the majority of her points off of offensive rebounds.
In other words, Garfield feels at home around the basket. If she finds a position down low, it can mean a world of trouble for opponents.
Canyon View experienced those troubles firsthand.
Garfield scored 17 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lift the Trojans past the Falcons for a 43-39 3A quarterfinal victory on Thursday evening at the E Center.
The grind-it-out game pace suited her own rough and tumble style just fine.
"That's how I usually how I get a lot of my points," Garfield said. "A garbage player is what they call me. That's how I like to get my points the putbacks and the offensive rebounds."
The senior's efforts on the glass proved crucial when Canyon View threatened to pull away behind a dose of hot third-quarter shooting from Cassie Platt.
Platt, who finished with 22 points, buried a pair of 3-pointers and a jumper to put the Falcons up 29-26. But Garfield rallied Morgan with her signature offensive move a layup following a rebound.
Two straight second-chance baskets helped the Trojans take a 32-29 lead into the fourth quarter. Another putback by Garfield, followed by a free throw, gave Morgan a 37-33 advantage.
Garfield's only shot not categorized as second-chance points came on her layup that put the Trojans up 42-36 with 43 seconds left.
Morgan coach Brad Matthews was pleased with how Garfield and her teammates attacked the glass. Consistently winning the rebounding battle has been a point of team pride all season.
"I don't know where there's a game we've been outrebounded," Matthews said. "We have girls that go get the ball, and that's our best offense."
Morgan will move on to face Judge Memorial in today's semifinal round. The Trojans did not qualify for the playoffs a year ago, and early jitters made life difficult against a tough Falcons defense.
But Canyon View did not start out looking particularly crisp either. Both teams produced a combined five traveling violations in the game's first four minutes.
"The first half we were just jittery," Garfield said. "We weren't running much of an offense."
Morgan eventually settled down enough to climb out of an early hole.
Down 10-5, the Trojans scored seven straight points and took a 12-10 lead on Chelsea Morgan's 3-pointer less than a minute into the second quarter. The Trojans stayed ahead throughout much of the quarter until the final minute and a half.At that point, the Falcons picked up three steals and Platt converted a pair into layups over the final 25 seconds of the half to give Canyon View a 21-20 halftime lead.
Top performer: Chelsea Garfield scored 17 points, with most coming off her game-high 13 rebounds.
Key stat: The Trojans pulled down 41 rebounds, 20 more than Canyon View.