Montini coach Jason Nichols grew up watching some of the most exciting holiday basketball around — the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. He wanted to bring that kind of excitement to Lombard.
“When I was a kid and we would go to watch Kevin Garnett and Ronnie Fields at Proviso West, I remembered how something wild, dramatic and exciting would happen every year at that tournament,” he said. “I said to myself, ‘We need this on the girls side.’ So here we are.”
You know you have a pretty good tournament field when the two teams met in a state championship game. Or when you have two more teams that reached the final four the previous year.