STM girls basketball team looks to repeat as state champs
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The St. Thomas More girls basketball team defeated Hamlin last March to win the Class ‘A’ state title.
In fact, the Cavaliers finished 22-3 and won their seventh state title since 2012.
With most of their players returning, the Cavs have a great chance at repeating this season.
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The Cavaliers only lost two seniors to graduation.
That means St. Thomas More returns four starters including Reese Ross who averaged 18 points and nine rebounds per game last year.
Some of the other key returners that are expected to lead the team this year are Gabby Robbins, Jada Mollman, Makenna Jacobson and Scarlet Grimshaw.
But head coach Brandon Kandolin hopes to have a deeper bench this season.
“We have one junior Megan Lee,” said STM girls basketball coach Brandon Kandolin. “She’ll provide some bigs stuff for us. Runs the floor well. She’s got extreme length. Kind of like Reese. So defensively I think she can contest some shots. Then we go down to some sophomores. Sloane Keszler was one that put in significant time last year and got some experience.”
Coach Kandolin feels he has the talent to reach the top again.
But he also understands that his team will have a target on their back this season.
“The hardest thing to do is if you’re on top to stay on top,” said Kandolin. “I think that’s been a discussion we’ve had several times now and I’ve had it before with other teams is that you know last year was what it was. That means that they came together at the right time this group, part of them to contribute to put themselves in that position. So when you start this season, nobody’s going to give it to you.”
St. Thomas More opens the season with three games in Gillette starting on December 8 against Worland, Wyoming.