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Whitehall overwhelms Montague with rebounding, defense, star player’s triple-double

Camden Thompson totals 23 points, 27 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals in Vikings’ 66-35 victory.

Whitehall’s Camden Thompson had a little more incentive than usual for Thursday night’s rivalry showdown in a packed Montague gym — as if the 6-foot-5 junior terror on the boards needed any more motivation.

Mother Annette Thompson bet her son: She would do his chores for a week if he grabbed more than 25 rebounds in a game.

Better get those cleaning supplies ready, Annette.

Not only did Camden Thompson eclipse the rebounding mark with 27 boards (15 offensive, 12 defensive), he went a step further with a king-sized triple-double in Whitehall’s 66-35 runaway win over Montague: 23 points, 10 assists, three blocks, and two steals.

“A bet’s a bet,” Annette Thompson said. “Part of that is cleaning his bathroom.”

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As a team, Whitehall cleaned up on the boards with a 50-22 advantage vs. Montague. Both teams shot 37 percent from the floor, but the Vikings had 32 more attempts because of offensive rebounds and 28 Wildcat turnovers.

Whitehall stays unbeaten at 4-0 overall, 2-0 in West Michigan Conference Lakes Division play. Montague, which was riding a three-game winning streak entering Thursday, is 4-2 and 1-2, respectively.

The teams play against Feb. 8 at Whitehall, plus there’s always a chance the Vikings and Wildcats collide in the district tournament.

Here are more details and notables from Thursday’s game:

  • Whitehall was 27-of-73 from the field, including 6-of-26 (23 percent) from 3-point range. The Vikings shot 6-for-13 (46 percent) from the free-throw line.
  • Montague went 15-of-41 from the floor, including 2-of-13 (15 percent) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats were 3-for-10 from the free-throw line.
  • Whitehall led 15-5 after one quarter, 32-9 at halftime, and 52-30 after three quarters.
  • Whitehall senior Camar Ready finished with 14 points, two rebounds, and two steals.
  • Whitehall senior Kyle Stratton had eight points, including a couple of 3s, plus three assists and three steals.
  • Whitehall junior Kal Koehler added six points.
  • Whitehall seniors DJ Jamison and Trannon Aylor had five points apiece. Aylor added three steals, while Jamison had two steals.

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  • Montague senior Owen Raeth led his team with 11 points and two assists.
  • Montague senior Isaiah Atchison had six points, seven rebounds, and two blocks.
  • Montague senior Paul Olson scored six points.
  • Next up: Whitehall visits Manistee on Monday, Dec. 18, while Montague hosts Ludington on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
  • Whitehall made it a point to beef up its nonconference schedule and the Vikings have done just that. After the Manistee game, Whitehall will be tested in the Cornerstone University Holiday Classic against Hamtramck Wednesday night (Dec. 20) and East Grand Rapids Friday evening (Dec. 22). On Wednesday, Dec. 27, Whitehall will take on Fruitport in the 3 p.m. opener of the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame Holiday Classic at Reeths-Puffer. Fruitport knocked off Whitehall in an overtime district semifinal thriller last season.
  • Whitehall’s schedule does not lighten up after the holidays. A visit to Ludington — co-champ with Whitehall in the WMC Lakes last season — awaits on Jan. 5. On Jan. 11, Whitehall hosts an Oakridge squad which has played well out of the gate.

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