First time for everything: St. Thomas More girls basketball heads to state

For the first time in school history, St. Thomas More girl's basketball is state bound.

"It's been crazy, I mean I don't think any of us expected to get this far. So the fact that we've made it here, it's really special," said Brianna Flayter, senior Cavalier. 

As an alum himself, Head Coach Brian Krysiak, couldn't be prouder.  

"They've turned us from coaches into fans of this team, I just love watching them play. I really believe we are going to win every game when we step out onto the court," said Brian Krysiak.

Led by two seniors, Brianna Flayter and Taylor Kirby, these Cavaliers are ready to go out with a bang.

"I've been blessed with amazing teammates, amazing coaches, amazing friends, a family that supports me and loves me. It means a lot," said Flayter. 

"It would mean everything, absolutely everything. It would be worth all are 5 and 30's, all our running, all everything it would all pay off and be worth it," said Taylor Kirby, senior Cavalier. 

So to recap, for the first time in program history the Cavaliers are headed to the state tournament. Their head coach happens to be a fellow alum. But, there's one last storyline we haven't told you about, and they both have the last name, Kirby.

"It was a little scary at first the older one has a fiery personality, we were worried at how that relationship was going to be but they are very close. Taylor the older one has taken her under her wings," said Krysiak. 

A freshman, Lindsay Kirby, knew she would only have one season on the court with her older sister Taylor. 

"I felt that it would be fun to play with my sister because she was my idol. Watching her made me want to play with her and learn more from her," said Lindsay Kirby, freshman Cavalier. 

Now on the verge of greatness, Lindsay is hoping she can help give Taylor a graduation gift they'll never forget.

"It would mean a lot to me because she's my sister and I can always talk about it with her. Especially since she is always going to be in my life, it's going to be fun," said Lindsay. 

St. Thomas More will play their first state tournament game against Amherst, Thursday March 8 at 3:15 p.m. in Green Bay's Resch Center.


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