With a senior class like this one and a state title to defend, Montini Catholic's girls team had only one result that would've been satisfying: Win another championship.
Whitney Holloway, who has committed to Notre Dame, scored 19 points Saturday for Montini, which took a 31-15 halftime lead and defeated Hillcrest of Country Club Hills 67-45 in Illinois' Class 3A championship game in Normal.
Montini was up 22-15 with 2:47 left in the half but finished the quarter with a 9-0 run.
"I thought we did a great job defensively," Montini coach Jason Nichols told ESPN Chicago. "Let's be honest, that's a 79-point average team when they came into the state tournament, and we had them sitting at 35 when we pulled our [starters.] That to me was the big thing, our defense tonight."
Fellow senior Whitney Adams (16 points, 4 assists) is headed to North Carolina while Kiki Wilson (9 points0 will attend Milwaukee-Wisconsin.
Shamirah Ali had 15 points for Hillcrest. All-state forward Shannise Heady was held to eight.
Montini, ranked No. 19 nationally in MaxPreps' Freeman computer rankings, finished 36-1. Hillcrest finished 21-7.