STM wins fifth-straight State A

WATERTOWN – St. Thomas More forced 17 turnovers and shot 41.3 percent from the field on 19-of-46 shooting to claim its fifth-straight Class A state title with a 54-41 win over upstart Madison on Saturday night at the Watertown Arena.

Aislinn Duffy scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor and 7-for-8 from the foul line, to go along with a team-high six rebounds, to lead the Cavaliers, who finished with a 23-3 record. Kayla Jacobson and Alex Kandolin added eight points apiece for STM.

J Giles led the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points as Olivia Rud chipped in with nine points and a game-high nine boards. A Theophilus contributed seven points and six rebounds as Madison finished with a 15-11 mark.

Third Place

• West Central 50, McCook Central/Montrose 44

The Trojans overcame a 33-32 third-quarter deficit with an 18-11 fourth-quarter rally to finish third.

The Fighting Cougars led 9-8 after the first eight minutes and the game was tied at halftime at 21-21.

Taylor Rajewich scored 13 points to lead West Central, which finished with a 19-6 record. Ashlyn Macdonald added 11 points and Kali Nelson had 10 as the Trojans forced 24 MCM turnovers.

Madisen Koepsell posted a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds while Natalie Gottlob chipped in with 10 points as the Cougars dropped to 21-4.

Fifth Place

• Aberdeen Roncalli 42, Belle Fourche 30

The Cavaliers pulled away from a 25-25 tie through three quarters to capture the consolation championship with the 42-30 win over Belle Fourche.

The Broncs led 14-6 after one and 18-8 at halftime before Roncalli rallied to tie the game and then the Cavs went on a 17-5 run over the final eight minutes.

Mariah Winegar led Roncalli with nine point and nine rebounds as Grace Imbery chipped in with nine points and eight boards to lead Roncalli. Kelsey Peterson had eight points and Jami Ewart finished with six as the Cavaliers held a 17-6 advantage in free throws to improve to 21-4.

Mandee Williamson scored 14 points and pulled down five rebounds for the top-seeded Bronce, who finished with a 22-3 mark.

Seventh Place

• Vermillion 76, Crow Creek 54

The Tanagers jumped out to a 16-9 lead after a quarter and kept pulling away for a 76-54 win over Crow Creek for seventh.

Vermillion pushed its lead to 39-23 at halftime and 56-38 through three on the way to finishing with a 19-7 record.

Kasey Herbster had 21 points and eight rebound for the Tanagers as Haleigh Melstad posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Madisen Martinez added 10 points and nine boards while Lexi Pitzuweit chipped in with 10 points as Vermillion held a 48-18 rebounding advantage.

Sarah Hunter led the Lady Chieftains with 13 points before fouling out while Haylee Langdeau and M Ross added 11 points apiece as Crow Creek dropped to 17-7 on the season.

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