|St Thomas More wins fourth straight championship
|courtesy of South Dakota Public Broadcasting|
Dru Gylten is greeted by her teammates after being able to play the final seconds of the game, despite a knee injury suffered Friday night.
Sports Staff - March 13, 2017
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — St. Thomas More reeled off 12 straight points to start the second half Saturday and cruised to a 47-36 win over Lennox and its fourth straight South Dakota Class A girls basketball title.
Aislinn Duffy had 16 points and Jayden Bies added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Cavaliers (24-0). It was the closest game for St. Thomas More at the state tournament.
After hurting her knee Friday night, Dru Gylten sat out the game Saturday night for St Thomas More, although she did suit up with the rest of her teammates. That may have been the plan for Coach Brandon Kandolin, who put Gylten into the game with less than :20 seconds left. With the game in hand - Lennox knew the plan - and the inbounds pass went to Gylten, who held on to it as time expired. It was a fitting end to a stellar career for Gylten -- who will play at the Univeristy of Utah next year. Of concern right now -- finding out how bad her knee injury is.
The Cavaliers shot 35 percent while holding Lennox (22-3) to 23 percent. Lennox was playing in its first championship game since 1996 and its third all time.
Lennox was paced by Riley Peters and Rianna Fillipi with 13 points apiece.
Lennox led 18-14 at the half, but everything turned in the third quarter when the Cavaliers outscored the Orioles 17-5.
In the third place game at the State A, Webster Area defeated Vermillion 57-37.