The Wildcats were unable to get the game-winning shot, forcing the extra period, where they outscored the Chargers, 4-1.
Whitko coach Brandon Bradley said he asked his team about its sluggish start at halftime.
“I wanted to know if it was nerves, or being tired,” Bradley said. “They said it was nerves.”
With a young team that included a freshman and two sophomores in the starting lineup, some nerves were to be expected, Bradley said.
That’s where senior leadership – some of that coming from Kelly Reiff – can pay off.
Reiff said she and her teammates needed to keep calm and battle through the early jitters.”
“We know West Noble was going to battle us,” Reiff said.
The two teams played a squeaker earlier in the season, the Wildcats pulling out a 64-62 win Dec. 19 at Whiko.
Aly Reiff led the Wildcats with 17 points. Kelly Reiff had nine.
Peterson had 19 points to lead all scorers for West Noble. Taylor Fisher added 10.
The Chargers say goodbye to just one senior: Peterson.