Missoula Sentinel's Kylie Frohlich received a bit of extra good news from Lady Griz coach Shannon Schweyen after the Sentinel girls' basketball star gave her verbal commitment to play for the program in two seasons.
Her teammate, friend and Schweyen's own daughter, Jordyn, had just committed on Saturday, too.
"Neither of us knew we were going to commit or the other one was going to commit," Frohlich said. "That was our last meeting of the day. We walked in, there’s a big room with a bunch of coaches talking to everybody... (After I committed, coach Schweyen) said Jordy committed too, so then (Jordyn and I) went and celebrated and got some lunch."
Not before texting a picture of themselves each decked out in Montana basketball gear to their current high school coach Karen Deden. The Sentinel girls' basketball skipper couldn't help but gush over her two players who each stand at 5 feet, 11 inches.
"Jordyn’s a great passer, just really heady. Has a great basketball IQ, has played a ton of basketball and she’s so versatile, you saw it at state," said Deden, pointing out how Jordyn played point guard all season before playing some post after injuries forced a role change. "(Kylie's) versatility, being able to score inside on bigger players and play outside against smaller players. Again, she’s super versatile, probably one of the best passers I’ve ever coached.
"That’s a huge get. Both of them are going to be great Lady Griz players."
They've been talented prep athletes, too.
Jordyn averaged 10.4 points per game and 2.6 assists mainly at the point guard position last season. She was one of the best free throw shooters in the state, and with another year before college -- and her future coach living under the same roof -- she should only improve on her first-team all-state season.
Frohlich also earned first-team all-state honors and was a double-double machine. She led the state in rebounding at 9.5 boards per game and averaged an even 10 points along the way. She was also top 10 in Montana in steals, blocks and assists according to Montanasportsmemories.net.
NCAA regulations do not permit coaches to speak about unsigned recruits specifically -- even if they're their own child. Coach Schweyen, though, was obviously excited about something on Saturday.
She tweeted, "One of my best days ever as a Lady Griz!" on Saturday evening.
As for Frohlich, she thinks both her and Jordyn's play-making style of game should serve them well at the Division I level.
"We just really look for each other and can pass to each other really well," Frohlich said. "Just having played together so much now, just knowing what the other player is going to do on the court... I think we’re going to get to play together really well. It’s going to be exciting to have that going into college."
It's exciting for the Lady Griz, too, who seem to have made a concerted effort on doubling down with in-state talent. They signed Malta's Sophia Stiles, the two-time reigning Gatorade Player of the Year.
Now it's two of Sentinel's best.
"What you can do now is you can build on (your in-state recruiting) because you got them," Deden said. "Those kids have played against (each other), so now they want to play with them."
The talented in-state recruiting classes comes after a tough first year as head coach for Shannon Schweyen. The Lady Griz, marred by injuries -- including a season-ender to Big Sky preseason MVP Kayleigh Valley -- finished 4-14 in conference and 7-23 overall. It was Montana's first 20-loss season in program history.
But the future is bright for coach Schweyen and the Montana basketball team.
And the two Sentinel girls, including Schweyen's own daughter, are a big reason why.