Ultimately, perseverance served Mount View well, while Camden Hills learned another difficult-to-accept, late-game lesson.

A court contest the Windjammers appeared to control at points slipped away as the visiting Mustangs used patience and stick-to-itiveness — along with key plays down the stretch — to pull out an exciting 40-39 win.

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The Friday night, Jan. 29 high school girls basketball contest was tied 7-7 early before Camden Hills slowly pulled away. However, Mount View would not be denied as the visitors rallied several times to keep the game close before pulling out the victory in the final seconds.

Hannah Coolen converted a drive with 13 seconds left to put the 'Stangs over the top in a contest between relatively young teams.

Camden Hills whittled much of the clock over the final minute and a half but could not convert free throws or maintain control of the ball. That opened the door for the 'Stangs to gallop in and secure the win.

The Mustangs improved to 2-3 on the pandemic-altered and -shortened season, while the Windjammers dropped to 0-3.

The Windjammers led 13-7 after one quarter, before the Mustangs rallied for a 21-19 halftime edge. Camden Hills regained a 35-30 advantage after three stanzas.

For the Mustangs, Coolen netted 16 points; Hannah Ferriera, eight; Syd Vogel, six; Kricket Thompson, five; Madison Roux, three; and Bela Serrano, two. The Mustangs made 5-of-10 foul shots (50 percent) and connected on five 3-pointers, two from Vogel and one from Roux, Ferriera and Coolen. Coolen also grabbed 10 rebounds and Thompson nine.

For Camden Hills, Bailey Curtis tallied eight points; Ella Powers, seven; Mattie Luce and Tessa Whitley, six; Ella Graffam and Amelia Johnson, five; and Molly Shook, two. The Windjammers finished 4-8 (50 percent) from the foul line and got a 3-pointer from Johnson.

The game was knotted 7-7 before the hosts used a 6-0 run the rest of the quarter to take a 13-7 advantage after the first eight minutes.

Mount View outscored Camden Hills 19-6 in the second quarter to grab a 21-19 advantage at the break. Ferriera and Coolen drilled treys as Coolen tallied six points in the stanza for the visitors.

The Windjammers returned the favor with a 16-9 burst in the third quarter, as Johnson netted five points and Powers four.

Camden Hills was hampered when Curtis fouled out with 2:12 left in the final quarter as the hosts led 39-36 at the time.

Mount View pushed past the hosts in the fourth, especially down the stretch as Roux had a 3-pointer and Coolen scored six points, including two clutch foul shots and later the winning hoop in the final seconds.