St. Thomas More sophomore Haleigh Timmer is more than one of the best basketball players in Class A: In 2016, Timmer won the state cross country individual title…(She plays volleyball now) At right, in 2017, Timmer was out-dueled at the lin in the 800 meters by 5-time state champion, Custer’s Tori Glazier. In 2018, Timmer was the class A state champion in the 800 meters, 2nd in the 400 meters.
By Rich Winter
Is it just me or is there zero hype regarding the 5-time defending state champion, Lady Cavaliers from St. Thomas More? St. Thomas More began the season with a young-ish roster from Brandon Kandolin’s squad. Just two seniors on the roster, Morgan Gorman and Alex Kandolin.
Cavaliers were near the top of the media rankings early in the season and rolled through the early part of their schedule with 5-consecutive wins. Then, then January exposed Kandolin’s squad for what they were, young and inexperienced.
Jan. 4 lost to an 8-12 Elk Point-Jefferson, 40-38
Jan. 11 lost to No. 1 West Central, in Hartford, 62-45
Jan. 12 Lost to Lennox, in OT, 61-57 (These two teams play in the first round of this years’s tournament).
On Feb 1, No. 2 seeded Winner pounded STM in Winner, 67-37.
The Cavaliers dropped out of the polls (for a bit)
A very interesting five-game home stretch for Kandolin’s Lady Cavs.
Feb. 8, beat Red Cloud 42-40 (Red Cloud had Winner down by double-digits in a Region 7A semi)
Feb. 12, Beat AA Douglas 64-56
Feb. 15 beat Hot Springs, 53-10.
And then the gauntlet…
Feb. 22 lost to Yankton 55-36
Feb. 24, beat 16-4 Brandon Valley
Only guessing here, but maybe the reason St. Thomas More played the most challenging schedule in the A ranks is because of the youth and inexperience on this squad. You can only get better if your are playing the best.
Despite five losses on the season, Kandolin’s squad earned the overall No. 5 seed in the Class A field.
A dangerous #5 at that…the Lennox vs. St. Thomas More game is going to be a BATTLE. This team is probably the least experienced team Kandolin’s had in the last half decade. But, a lot of those girls played last year, a lot of those girls were there for the experience and there is a ton of pride in that program.
Five-time state champs: Keep an eye on them!