Whitehall–Shelby outlasted Whitehall behind a strong second half performance in a tough 37-34 West Michigan Conference girls basketball win on Wednesday.

Whitehall got off to a strong start and led 10-5 over Shelby at the end of the first quarter. Shelby cut into the lead, but Whitehall remained on top 21-18 at halftime. Shelby’s defense buckled down in the second half and took the lead 28-26.

Kendall Zoulek of Shelby scored her 1000th career point on Wednesday evening (Photo/Leo Valdez)

Kendall Zoulek led the Tigers with 16 points and eight rebounds. Aubrey Klotz finished with nine points and four rebounds. Ella Olmstead added eight rebounds while Molli Schultz had four steals.

“It was a huge win for us tonight, I think we are pretty evenly matched and to pull out a close one is great for our morale going into the post season,” said Shelby Coach Sarah Wolting after the game. “Molli Schultz hit a couple of clutch free throws with seconds to go and Aubrey Klotz hit a huge three pointer to put us up 3. We played a well-rounded second half.”

Whitehall was led by Charley Klint with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Jadyn Ringler added six points for the Vikings. Lola Buckner finished with five points as well.

The Vikings missed a pair of free throws down the stretch with 10 seconds left that would’ve tied the game.

Shelby improves to 11-8 and 7-6 in the West Michigan Conference. They will travel to Montague tomorrow night.

Whitehall finishes the season 6-8 in conference play and 8-12 overall. The Vikings will play Orchard View in their first district game at Oakridge High School on Monday.