Two Sentinel hoops stars commit to Lady Griz

Two Sentinel hoops stars commit to Lady Griz.

MISSOULA, Mont. - This past week, Jordyn Schweyen and Kylie Frohlich of Sentinel High School verbally committed to play college basketball for the Lady Griz.

"You could tell when they were young that they understood the game and they played at a different level," said Sentinel girls basketball head coach, Karen Deden. "And to be a part of that and to be able to coach Division I athletes, I'm very lucky."

These two teammates and best friends just finished up their junior year as Spartans.

Making this decision has a little extra special meaning to Schweyen, because her mom Shannon, has been on the sidelines for the Lady Griz for the last 25 years.

"I learned pretty much how I do everything at campus," said Jordyn. "I learned how to walk down the halls. I learned how to ride my bike on The Oval."

After wrapping up her first season as head coach, Jordyn's mom didn't want to take this process lightly.

"We'd go to lunch with her, my mom and her assistants," said Jordyn. "We spent time with some of the Lady Griz. It was kind of weird, we stayed in the Double Tree. So it wasn't like I was staying out my house. She was like, 'You're going to stay in a hotel, because that's what we would do with everyone else.'"

But the UM coach isn't the only one who has made an impact on these girls' lives. Their current head coach, Karen Deden, has been by their sides for the better part of a decade.

"Probably about nine years, I've been with her," said Jordyn. "She's kind of helped lead me and Kylie to where we are now and she's a big part in why we're getting this opportunity."

"She was just really supportive the whole time," said Frohlich, "and she seemed really excited when I decided to go here, because then she can come watch our games."

The newest chapter of these young lives is on the horizon, but they've still got one more year in purple to keep sharpening their skills.

"I think it's going to be sad to leave, just because this place has kind of become our home," said Frohlich. "I'm kind of excited to leave and go off to college. I'm going to take this year to get better and hopefully win some more state titles."

Sentinel's squad will have its sights set on redemption next season. The team lost to Helena in the state title game this past season, 46-41.