In a game that seemed like no one wanted to win, after two overtimes, Montague’s varsity girls basketball team finally stepped up and grabbed the victory over rival Whitehall on Thursday, 43-42.

Sydney Stine’s clutch drive and score in the second extra session proved to be the key bucket for the Wildcats, as they outscored the Vikings 6-5 to pull out the win. Stine finished with 14 points, six rebounds and four steals.

Claudia Rumsey chipped in with 10 for Montague.

Whitehall coach Derek Westerlund said both teams failed to capitalize on numerous opportunities to take control in the fourth quarter and first overtime, including his teams’ inability to hit clutch free throws. The Vikings finished just 14-of-28 from the charity stripe.

“But it was our best defensive and rebounding game of the year,” he said. “I thought we outplayed them. But we just need to finish. There were a lot of missed free throws by both teams.” 

Whitehall trailed by 11 points in the third quarter, but battled back to force overtime. Both teams scored seven points in the first OT.

Julie Brown had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Whitehall, which falls to 3-5 overall. Kacy Jeffries added 14 points and Sierra Span scored nine.