2017-'18 Season Coverage
updated: 12/28/2016 10:12 PM

Montini has all the answers vs. Proviso East

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By Scott Schmid
Daily Herald Correspondent

One day after coach Jason Nichols said his team was missing a little something, Montini found a lot of answers.

Dominating from both inside the paint and beyond the 3-point arc, the Broncos dismantled state-ranked Proviso East 78-47 in the second round of the Montini Christmas Tournament.

In advancing to the semifinals, the host school improved to a perfect 14-0 while the Pirates fell to 8-2.

"We came out with a lot of focus," Nichols said. "They knew that they were playing a team that likes to hit the glass and try to get turnovers off their pressure. We had a few kids who went down (with minor injuries), but we had other kids step up. We showed some versatility."

Montini knocked down 14 3-pointers, including two from Kaylee Bambule in the opening eight minutes as the Broncos jumped out to an 18-11 advantage.

A 22-6 second-quarter run, behind 8 points by Lindsey Jarosinski, pushed the margin to 40-17 by halftime.

Six more 3-pointers in the third, two apiece by Bambule and Sam Mitchell, squashed any hopes of a comeback.

Bambule scored a game-high 17 points and was one of five Montini players in double figures.

"Yesterday we really had a lack of mental and physical toughness and we all thought that," Bambule said. "Today we came out and got after it, I'm really proud of our team, it was a team effort.

"Our posts were getting rebounds and offensively, they were getting their position and scoring. And we were hitting shots."

Frankie Kokkines made four 3-pointers on her way to 16 points, Claudia Kunzer had 14 points and Sam Mitchell finished with 11 points.

Jarosinski totaled 14 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocked shots and fellow post Aaliyah Patty had 6 points and 11 rebounds.

"We go after every game the same," Jarosinski said. "We want to do our best, give a lot of effort, just play hard. We do not look by any team. We play our hardest every game."

Kyla Richardson led Proviso East with 15 points and Daliyah Brown scored 14.

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