STM downs Webster to reach Class A championship

STM downs Webster to reach Class A championship

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STM downs Webster to reach Class A championship

St. Thomas More's Klaire Kirsch (20) and Skylar Sullivan (13) hug after their 42-30 win over Webster Area in a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

St. Thomas More’s Klaire Kirsch (20) and Skylar Sullivan (13) hug after their 42-30 win over Webster Area in a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

BROOKINGS — The St. Thomas More Cavaliers showed no signs of slowing down on Friday night in their attempt to win a fourth consecutive Class A state girls basketball title, defeating Webster Area 42-30 in the semifinals at Frost Arena.

The win came with one unfortunate caveat for the Cavaliers (23-0). Star guard Dru Gylten injured her knee in the first quarter and did not play again. Her status for the finals is uncertain.

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STM did a good job of compensating for the loss of the 5-foot-11 University of Utah-bound guard, but there was no getting around it that the Cavaliers are going to have a tougher time when she’s not playing.

“Alex Kandolin stepped up and she definitely made some plays,” said STM’s Klaire Kirsch, who grabbed 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers. “The juniors put forth some good playing time and made some crucial plays. Even though we weren’t ready for it, there was a togetherness we all understood and executed.”

St. Thomas More had a 14-4 lead after one quarter despite Gylten’s absence and led 23-14 at half. The Bearcats cut the lead to 26-21 in the third quarter but trailed 37-24 going into the fourth quarter.

Jayden Bies kept the Cavaliers going in the first half after Gylten went down, scoring 10 points. Kandolin maintained the momentum in the second half, finishing with nine points.

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“In the second half we knew that this is why we prepare, this is what we do, this is what our team does,” said STM coach Brandon Kandolin. “We want to get out and defend and make it as tough as possible. To have Dru come back and be on the bench and be a positive part of that – some girls took on some roles and some growth. These were things they weren’t expecting to do.”

The Bearcats (20-5), who advanced to the semifinals as the No. 5 seed with an opening round 57-50 win over Little Wound, were led by Haley Rithmiller with 12 points. Webster Area suffered from shooting woes but defensively were able to put the pinch on St. Thomas More.

“We focused on defense,” said Webster Area coach Jared Vergeldt. “They have such great athletes and good scorers on that team…With (Gylten) out, that’s a big part of their scoring punch and it allowed us to hang around a little bit.”

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Webster

Olivia Breske 2-10 3-4 7, Mariah Volesky 0-4 0-2 0, Lindsey Shoenbeck 1-3 3-4 5, Briana Mount 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Ryan 0-0 0-0 0, Cara Shoemaker 0-0 0-0 0, Caitlyn Schlotte 0-0 0-0 0, McKenzie Volesky 2-12 1-2 6, Haley Rithmiller 4-11 4-4 12, Faith Shoemaker 0-0 0-0 0, Alecia Vogl 0-0 0-0 0, Kayla Fischer 0-0 0-0 0, Emily Breske 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 9-40 11-16 30

St. Thomas More

Jayden Bies 4-12 0-0 10, Dru Gylten 2-3 1-2 6, Kayla Jacobson 1-1 1-2 4, Klaire Kirsch 1-10 4-6 6, Alex Kandolin 4-9 1-3 9, Tintin Almqvist 0-4 0-0 0, Ashley Wojcik 0-3 0-0 0, Aislinn Duffy 2-5 3-5 7, Skylar Sullivan 0-1 0-0 0, Liz Elder 0-0 0-0 0, Ciara Benson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-48 10-18 42

Webster              4              10           10           6              30

STM       14           9              14           5              42

3-pt FG: Webster 1-14 (Breske 0-2, Volesky 0-4, Volesky 1-6, Rithmiller 0-2), STM 4-17 (Bies 2-8, Gylten 1-2, Jacobson 1-1, Kirsch 0-3, Kandolin 0-2, Almqvist 0-1). Rebounds: Webster 35 (Breske 10), STM 40 (Kirsch 14). Fouls Webster 16, STM 12. Fouled out: Volesky Shoenbeck . Assists: Webster 1 (Rithmiller 1), STM 8 (Kirsch 3). Steals: Webster 6 (Volesky 4), STM 7 (Kirsch 2, Kandolin 2, Duffy 2). Blocked shots: Webster 1 (Shoenbeck 1), STM 3 (Kirsch 2). Turnovers: Webster 15, STM 15.

St. Thomas More's Ashley Wojcik (33) goes up for a shot as Webster Area's Mariah Volesky (12) defends during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

St. Thomas More’s Ashley Wojcik (33) goes up for a shot as Webster Area’s Mariah Volesky (12) defends during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

St. Thomas More's Klaire Kirsch (20) goes up for a shot during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game against Webster Area Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D. St. Thomas More beat Webster Area 42-30 to advance to the final.

St. Thomas More’s Klaire Kirsch (20) goes up for a shot during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game against Webster Area Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D. St. Thomas More beat Webster Area 42-30 to advance to the final.

St. Thomas More's Klaire Kirsch (20) goes up for a shot during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game against Webster Area Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D. St. Thomas More beat Webster Area 42-30 to advance to the final.

St. Thomas More’s Klaire Kirsch (20) goes up for a shot during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game against Webster Area Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D. St. Thomas More beat Webster Area 42-30 to advance to the final.

St. Thomas More's Alex Kandolin (21) takes a shot during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game against Webster Area Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

St. Thomas More’s Alex Kandolin (21) takes a shot during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game against Webster Area Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

St. Thomas More's Klaire Kirsch (20) goes up for a shot as Webster Area's Haley Rithmiller (34) defends during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

St. Thomas More’s Klaire Kirsch (20) goes up for a shot as Webster Area’s Haley Rithmiller (34) defends during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

Webster Area's Olivia Breske (10) goes up for a shot during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game against St. Thomas More Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

Webster Area’s Olivia Breske (10) goes up for a shot during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game against St. Thomas More Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

St. Thomas More's Klaire Kirsch (20) takes a shot during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game against Webster Area Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

St. Thomas More’s Klaire Kirsch (20) takes a shot during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game against Webster Area Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

Webster Area's Olivia Breske (10) tries to take a shot as St. Thomas More's Klaire Kirsch (20) and Aislinn Duffy (44) defend during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

Webster Area’s Olivia Breske (10) tries to take a shot as St. Thomas More’s Klaire Kirsch (20) and Aislinn Duffy (44) defend during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

St. Thomas More players react from the bench after a teammate scored during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game against Webster Area Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

St. Thomas More players react from the bench after a teammate scored during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game against Webster Area Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

St. Thomas More's Dru Gylten walks off the court with the help of head coach Brandon Kandolin after receiving an injury during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game against Webster Area Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

St. Thomas More’s Dru Gylten walks off the court with the help of head coach Brandon Kandolin after receiving an injury during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game against Webster Area Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

Webster Area's McKenzie Volesky (32) tries to get past St. Thomas More's Dru Gylten (10) during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

Webster Area’s McKenzie Volesky (32) tries to get past St. Thomas More’s Dru Gylten (10) during a 2017 SDHSAA Class A State Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game Friday, March 10, 2017, at Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D.

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