“If you had told me coming in that we’d hold Darrione Rogers to 5-of-21, I’d be like, 'yeah, I’d take that,'” Nichols said. “Their four role players played the most efficient basketball game ever. You’ve got to credit them.
“We had no desire to defend their other girls. We just didn’t want to play hard and it’s something we’ve been seeing for a while. I knew that we are a team that on any given night can be beaten.”
Zacker, one of only three seniors in Montini’s rotation, understands that.
“He’s definitely right in the sense that every team is coming and they see ‘Montini’ across the front of our shirts and they say, ‘we’re going to give them everything we’ve got,’” Zacker said. “Sometimes I think that we think that we can show up and just play.
“We can have all the talent in the world, but if our talent doesn’t work harder than the kids who are just blue-collar, hard-working players, we can’t expect to win big games in front of big crowds.”