Led by senior Haleigh Timmer, STM girls basketball team hopes to get another shot at state

RAPID CITY, S.D. – It’s fair to say that the St. Thomas More girls basketball team isn’t necessarily rebuilding and isn’t really reloading either.

Despite losing four players to graduation, STM head coach Brandon Kandolin feels that the Cavaliers have the talent to return to the state tournament for the 8th year in a row.

The Cavaliers are coming off another successful season in which they finished 20-2 and entered the State ‘A’ Tournament as the No. 2 seed.

Unfortunately, the state tournament was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Although, STM lost a talented group of seniors, the Cavaliers return several players with experience including Mairin Duffy, Jenna Jacobson and Haleigh Timmer.

Last season, Timmer averaged nearly 23 points and three assists per game.

“I think this year is a chance for her to become more vocal,” STM girls basketball coach Brandon Kandolin said. “Certainly understanding the game more and her growth and her basketball IQ and everything else that she’s done to get herself better, I really expect her to become that leader that not only leads by example, but very much more vocal.”

Along with five seniors, the St. Thomas More girls basketball roster is made up of one junior and six sophomores.

But coach Kandolin feels his young team, as a whole, has the potential to make a deep run in the playoffs.

“I would say that we’re going to be on the younger side and you know, it’s younger group that has played together a lot,” Kandolin said. “This sophomore group is a group that has played together since travel ball, maybe third or fourth grade. That chemistry there, along with the chemistry of these older girls the upperclassmen, I think it’s going to be a great season for us.”

St. Thomas More opens the season this weekend in Gillette.

The Cavaliers will play Cody, Wyoming on Friday, Dec. 11 and Thunder Basin on Saturday, Dec. 12.

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