STM girls basketball team cautiously optimistic that state tournament will be played in June

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota High School Activities Association has canceled all spring sports practices and competitions through May 3.

After that, the spring sports season may still take place if schools are re-opened by May 4 and CDD guidelines allow for activities and gatherings.

In addition, there’s still a possibility that the state basketball tournaments could be played the week of June 15.

The St. Thomas More girls basketball team was suppose to be one of the teams playing in the State ‘A’ Tournament two weeks of ago in Rapid City.

The Cavaliers are the No. 2 seed with a 20-2 record.

The fact that the state hasn’t canceled the tournament yet, gives STM head coach Brandon Kandolin and the Cavaliers hope that they’ll get a shot to play at state, even if the event is held this summer.

“I’m excited to at least give a chance for these players that have worked hard through a season and get a finish out of this,” STM girls basketball coach Brandon Kandolin said. “You hate to have those questions unanswered. So knowing that it passed that they’ll give it a chance to see when May rolls around what’s going to happen. But if we have that chance, absolutely it’s exciting.”

Although teams would only have about a week to practice, Coach Kandolin is still in favor of holding the state basketball tournaments in June if possible.

“If it does happen and we’re able to jump into that two week session and get ready to go, they’ll still be somethings with getting back into the flow and the chemistry and running some offenses and understanding the defensive principles again,” Kandolin said. “Cramming that back into about six or seven days of practice will be interesting. But everybody’s going to be challenged with it.”

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