Milwaukee St. Thomas More

32

Amherst

45

March 8, 2018, 3:15 pm
  Final F
Milwaukee St. Thomas More 12 20 32
Amherst 27 18 45

There was no stunning upset this time for the Milwaukee St. Thomas More girls basketball team.

Third-ranked and second-seeded Amherst dominated the inside on both ends of the floor Thursday afternoon to race to a quick lead and coast to a 45-32 victory over the Cavaliers in a WIAA Division 3 state semifinal at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon.

The victory — the 24th in a row for the Falcons — earned Amherst (26-1) a spot in Saturday’s 2:45 p.m. state championship game against top-seeded Marshall (26-1).

Thomas More (21-6) earned its state berth with a 63-40 rout of state top-ranked Laconia in a sectional final last Saturday. But the Cavaliers fell behind 12-2 at the start, trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half and could only draw as close as 40-32 with 2 minutes, 12 seconds to play.

Amherst held a 48-26 rebound advantage, bolstered by senior center Heather Pearson’s 20 boards and 17 points. The Falcons scored 22 of their 27 first-half points in the paint and 30 of their 45 on the day.

Thomas More struggled to shoot 5-for-29 from the field in the first half (17.2 percent) and 13-for-59 (22 percent) for the day. That included 1-for-15 shooting from 3-point range.

Freshman guard Lindsay Kirby scored eight points to lead Thomas More.

Milw. St. Thomas More;12;20;—;32

Amherst;27;18;—;45

MILWAUKEE ST. THOMAS MORE — T. Kirby 4-12 0-0 0, Hoffman 3-8 0-0 0, Gordon 1-9 1-3 5, L. Kirby 3-17 0-0 0, Flayter 2-11 2-2 9. Totals 13-59 5-9 32.

AMHERST — Boelte 2-8 1-2 5, Pearson 7-16 3-3 17, Moe 1-3 2-5 4, Groshek 2-4 0-0 4, Berry 1-3 2-2 4, Jensen 1-3 0-0 3, Dose 3-6 2-2 8. Totals 17-43 10-14 45.

3-point goals — MTM 1-15 (L. Kirby 1-5, Flayter 0-4, T. Kirby 0-3, Gordon 0-3), A 1-4 (Jensen 1-3, Dose 0-1). Rebounds — MTM 12-14-26 (T. Kirby 7, L. Kirby 6); A 13-35-48 (Pearson 20, Groshek 8). Assists — MTM 8 (Flayter 3); A 14 (Moe 5, Groshek 3). Turnovers — MTM 9, A 25. Blocks — MTM 3, A 3 (Jensen 2). Steals — MTM 14 (T. Kirby 3, Gordon 3, Flayter 3); A 3. Total fouls — A 11, MTM 16. Fouled out — Groshek.

Team Stats

Milwaukee St. Thomas More
PTS
0
FGM
0
FGA
0
3PM
0
3PA
0
FTM
0
FTA
0
AST
0
REB
0
OREB
0
DREB
0
TO
0
STL
0
BLK
0
PF
0
Amherst
PTS
0
FGM
0
FGA
0
3PM
0
3PA
0
FTM
0
FTA
0
AST
0
REB
0
OREB
0
DREB
0
TO
0
STL
0
BLK
0
PF
0

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