Indeed, Geneva made eight steals and forced 18 turnovers. But the truly amazing feat was holding Montini scoreless after Patty’s basket gave the Broncos a 26-22 lead with 1:36 left in the third quarter.
The Broncos mustered only two shots in the fourth quarter, neither by Patty, who was consistently denied the ball after successfully working the high-low game with Jarosinski in the first half.
“I think they did good adjusting,” Patty said. “They came out very aggressive, denying us, made it a lot tougher for us to get what we wanted in the fourth quarter.
“I do give them credit for everything they did in the whole game, but there are also some things that we didn’t do so well.”
That included protecting the ball. Maddy Yelle, who had a team-high 10 points and five steals, went coast-to-coast after a steal for a layup to make it 26-24, and Whitley, who had missed 10 of her first 11 shots, hit a floater in the lane over Jarosinski to tie the game with 4:15 remaining.
Montini had only three possessions after that. Two ended in turnovers and another with two missed free throws.
“They just started beefing our post players,” Nichols said. “They were denying Aaliyah Patty. Madison Mallory did a good job on Lindsey.
“If you had told me that we would have given up (13) points in the second half I would have thought we would have won the state title, but we just could not score.
“It was a great game between two great teams that came down to little things, and they did a couple little things better.”