Friday was Stritzel's second state experience. She played two minutes in the 2016 tournament as a freshman at Trinity.
Minimal court time, but it helped.
"It helped with the lighting," Stritzel said. "Usually I struggle with the depth perception but coming here tonight I felt ready."
The Roadrunners were ready, at both ends.
When Geary wasn't blocking every shot that came her way, she was shooting 6-for-10, making both 3-point attempts.
Jovanna Martinucci scored seven points, but more importantly held Breese Central leading scorer Faye Meissner to 4-for-15 shooting.
"Our strategy was to not let her get the ball as much as she usually does and just force her left," Martinucci said. "If she got to the middle Alyssa Geary is always there, which helps a lot."
"You always worry as a coach how your team will handle the first time here, but our schedule prepared us," coach Stritzel said. "We played Whitney Young, we played the defending champion from Iowa, I think we played 12 of the top 20 teams and three of the top five in the Chicago area. We play a top of the line schedule and we feel like we have two of the top players around."
He considers Nazareth and Richwoods the top two teams in Class 3A all year, and it's hard to argue.
"We've seen Peoria Richwoods, we've watched them a couple times the last couple weeks," coach Stritzel said. "I feel like we've almost kind of been on a collision course. I think it will be one of the better games of the year."