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|Lombard Montini Beats Vernon Hills to Win Class 3A
|NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- Lombard Montini rode a giant first-half lead to an easy 56-38 championship game win over Vernon Hills at the girls Class 3A basketball state finals.
Montini entered the game with just one player averaging double figures in scoring, but they ended the title game with four reaching that milestone. Jasmine Lumpkin led the way with 14 points, Tianna Brown and Kateri Stone both added 13 and Nikia Edom chipped in 10 for the victors.
The Broncos secured their third consecutive championship by taking a 31-10 halftime lead with all of Vernon Hills' points coming from the free-throw line. The Cougars (27-6) finished 8-of-27 from the field with 19 turnovers.
Sydney Smith scored 17 to lead Vernon Hills. Lauren Webb added 13, all from the free-throw line.
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