Post players lead the way for Montini
Montini is going to get its points. The only question is whether those points come from the paint or behind the 3-point arc.
On Monday at the Chicagoland Prep Classic at Willowbrook, the Broncos did most of their damage by getting the ball in the low post to Lindsey Jarosinski and Aaliyah Patty. Montini overwhelmed Joliet Catholic 83-49.
It was the fifth game this season the Broncos have scored 80 points or more.
"They get a lot of momentum and generate a lot of points off of 3-pointers, so we played a man(-to-man defense) where the guards switch everything to make sure there were no open looks," Joliet Catholic coach Nick Leonard said. "They adjusted. They've got two really good girls down low, and they went to their strength -- which is everything -- but their bigs did great post moves and made a lot of things happen."
The Broncos only made six 3-point shots, a relatively low total for them.
"It was good to kind of work on our moves because a lot of times in practice we work against each other, but it's good to work against someone else," Jarosinski said, "to see if our moves work against other defenses."
Patty, a 6-foot-3 sophomore center, came off the bench to score 18 points. Jarosinski, a 6-5 sophomore center, added 15 points plus 7 rebounds.
"They kind of left me and Aaliyah open down low, so that was good," Jarosinski said. "It was fun down there."
"They're getting better," Montini coach Jason Nichols said. "They're sophomores. They're still young. I'd like to see them this time next year when they're really, really good because when they come to the gym they're still babies. They're still young kid and they're going to have good moments and they're going to have bad moments. When they go up against an older kid, the older kid gets them a little bit."
The Broncos (21-0) led by 9 at halftime, but they went on a 10-0 run early in the third quarter to end any hope Joliet Catholic had for an upset. By the end of the third quarter, Montini led by 20.
"We're not as big as they are," Leonard said. "We wanted just to make it tough. We wanted to just stay between the basket and (Patty or Jarosinski) and make them shoot it over. They had great footwork. They made great moves. It was kind of disconcerting because we could have doubled down, but that's going to leave a shooter and I wanted to stay with the game plan. It worked for about 2½ quarters and then it just kind of opened up from there."
Florida State recruit Nicole Ekhomu scored 17 points to lead the Angels (9-7).
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