WHITEHALL–The Montague girls basketball team used a strong defensive performance to overwhelm the Whitehall Vikings on Thursday evening as the Wildcats turned back Whitehall 38-25.

The Vikings found themselves with the upper hand early as they got out to a Wildcats 12-11 lead after the opening quarter of play.

The Wildcats, however, found their spark before the half shutting out the Vikings holding them scoreless in the second stanza while embarking on their own eight point scoring run to enter halftime with the 19-12 advantage.

Carrying that momentum into the second half the Wildcats continued to stay ahead of Whitehall as they remained productive on the attack and strong on the defensive end using another scoring advantage to stretch their lead to 33-21 after three quarters of action.

The energy fizzled into the last quarter with both teams slowing offensively but the Wildcats stayed out front with a one point fourth quarter advantage (5-4) to finish off the Vikings.

Leading the way for the Wildcats was Kendall Osborne who put up 11 points, made five assists and pulled down five rebounds while Claire Meacham recorded a double-double on the night with 11 rebounds and 10 points.

Montague head girls basketball coach Nick Thaler looks on during the Wildcats 35-25 win over Whitehall on Thursday evening (Photo/Leo Valdez)

Emma Dyer, Haylee Schwarz and Britta Johnson deserve a lot of credit for executing what we typically try to do defensively,” said Montague head coach Nick Thaler. “They did a great job defending Charley Klint. She averages 14 points a game and they held her to two field goals and three free throws.”

The Wildcats held the Vikings strong shooting Klint to just seven points. Marissa Strandberg also tossed in seven points for the Vikings in the loss.

Montague climbs to 11-3 overall and is second in the West Michigan Conference with a record of 7-1. The Wildcats will be in action on Tuesday when they host North Muskegon.

Whitehall falls to 7-9 overall with a 5-5 record in the West Michigan Conference and will travel to take on the league leading Hart Pirates on Tuesday.