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St. Thomas More zips past MVP in consolation semis

Mount Vernon/Plankinton seventh-grader Emilee Fox drives in for a layup against St. Thomas More defender Haleigh Timmer (13) during the Class A state consolation semifinals on Friday at Sioux Falls Arena. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

SIOUX FALLS—A day after pushing top-seeded West Central to the brink, No. 8 Mount Vernon/Plankinton had reason to feel confident heading into Friday's Class A girls basketball consolation semifinal against No. 5 St. Thomas More at Sioux Falls Arena.

The Cavaliers had won the last five Class A state titles and six of the last seven but Lennox snapped that run in this year's tournament with a 22-point rout in the quarterfinals.

The losing feeling didn't last long, as St. Thomas More took the lead 2 minutes into the game and never looked back to score a 58-38 win over the Titans, behind a game-high 28 points from Haleigh Timmer.

"I thought we came out a little bit flat, but I'm still proud of our effort," MVP head coach Preston Kristensen said. "Shots weren't falling, little defensive lapses, but we're coming together and looking forward to tomorrow."

Timmer was the catalyst for the Cavaliers from the opening tip, scoring 13 points in the first quarter and 18 in the first half, finishing 13 of 21 from the field.

The 5-foot-9 sophomore navigated the middle of MVP's 1-3-1 zone with relative ease, while grabbing four of her 12 rebounds on the offensive end and recording three assists.

"She's moves well without the ball and her teammates find her at the right spots," Kristensen said. "They have really good inside play and she can score anywhere on the floor, but I thought they found her at the right spots in our zone and she was able to capitalize on that."

Katlyn Briggs once again led the Titans with 16 points and six rebounds, despite being the focal point of the St. Thomas More (18-6) defense throughout the game. Emilee Fox also added 10 points on a pair of 3-pointers.

MVP (17-8) moves into the seventh-place game against No. 7 Aberdeen Roncalli at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Sioux Falls Arena, hoping to avoid leaving the state tournament without a win to its name.

"We're still hungry," Kristensen said. "We're still going to come out and fight. Our seniors want to lead us to a victory. That's something we came in here talking about. We wanted to finish higher than our seed."

Skylar Sullivan had 11 points and four assists for St. Thomas More, which faces No. 3 Todd County for fifth place at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Premier Center.

St. Thomas More 58, Mount Vernon/Plankinton 38

St. Thomas More (18-6): Kaci Cooper 2-5 2-3 7, Haleigh Timmer 13-21 1-2 28, Lizzy Elder 2-4 0-0 4, Skylar Sullivan 4-8 1-2 11, Ciara Benson 1-2 1-2 4, Morgan Gorman 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Jacobson 0-2 0-0 0, Emily Kanodlin 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Frohling 0-0 0-0 0, Jada Mollman 1-1 0-0 2, Reese Ross 0-0 0-0 0, Emiy Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Miarin Duffy 1-6 0-0 2, Bryanna Herman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-49 5-9 58.

Mount Vernon/Plankinton (17-7): Dace Rihanek 1-2 0-0 2, Katlyn Briggs 6-12 4-4 16, Hailey Walz 0-4 0-1 0, Emilee Fox 4-10 0-0 10, Mikaela Cassidy 0-2 0-0 0, Reagan Klooz 2-5 1-2 6, Shlya Tobin 0-0 0-0 0, Hallie Schmidt 1-7 0-1 2, Maria Baker 0-0 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Sandland 0-0 0-0 0, Christa Glanzer 1-1 0-0 2, Morgan Boyd 0-0 0-0 0, Kailee Fox 0-0 0-0 0, Nyomi Mahrt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-43 5-8 38.

STM 21 35 50 58

MVP 8 19 30 38

3-point field goals: STM 5-12 (Sullivan 2-4, Benson 1-1, Cooper 1-2, Timmer 1-3, Duffy 0-2), MVP 3-16 (Fox 2-7, Klooz 1-1, Walz 0-4, Schmidt 0-4). Rebounds: STM 29 (Timmer 12), MVP 27 (Briggs 6). Assists: STM 13 (Sullivan 4), MVP 10 (Walz 4). Steals: STM 11 (Four players with 2), MVP 5 (Walz 2). Turnovers: STM 13, MVP 19. Total fouls: STM 13, MVP 12.