Stritzel, named the tournament MVP, scored 19 points – and Nazareth's last nine. On Nazareth's last possession, Stritzel caught a bounce pass from Jovanna Martinucci at the free-throw line, took two hard dribbles down the right side of the lane and drove a layup up over the chest of a Montini defender.
"Fourth quarter, I started to get the ball high post and was attacking strong," Stritzel said. "They were so far wide, they were denying everything. Force it in there, make a really tight pass and attack one-on-one."
Stritzel previously rolled in a runner to get Nazareth within 37-35, then stole the ball from Thomas and went coast-to-coast to tie it with 3:05 left.
"Montini is so well-coached, and so long, I thought if we were just patient we could slide the pass to Annie," said Nazareth coach Eddie Stritzel, Annie's dad. "And once she gets it I think she's the best all-around player in Illinois. She has a will to win and the girls follow her."
Stritzel, who didn't even attempt a shot the first 12 minutes of the second half, three times scored off drives from the high post in the fourth quarter.
That didn't sit well with Montini coach Jason Nichols.
"We had some breakdowns," Nichols said. "We were wanting to help all day on those drives and force someone else to beat us, and we had a kid that just had a couple breakdowns. We did a great job keeping Annie in check most of the game, but we had breakdowns at the end which was disappointing."