McIntosh had fallen to cross-town rival twice previously in 2012.
When it came time for a state championship trophy to be handed out, the Lady Chiefs flipped the script.
After playing to a 1-1 tie through regulation and the standard two five-minute overtime periods, McIntosh (20-2-1) won 5-4 in the shootout for its second championship.
“It feels awesome,” said McIntosh goalkeeper Kaitlin Deitrick. “It was difficult coming in as the underdog, but then it kind of worked to our advantage.”
The loss spoiled host Whitewater’s bid for an unbeaten season and continued a four-year run of frustration for the Lady Wildcats (18-1-1), who lost by one goal or in penalty kicks in the state championship game for the fourth straight year.
“It’s difficult to stomach, because our girls outplayed them,” said Whitewater coach Randy Hayes. “They don’t decide basketball games with free throws … they keep playing until they finish it. But this is the way it’s done.”
Sophomore Amanda Bartholomew scored the clincher for the Lady Chiefs.
“I really feel for their team,” said McIntosh coach Marcia Clark. “I’ve been on both sides of that, and I was with McIntosh when we had a co-championship. That doesn’t feel much better.”
Whitewater, which won a title in 2007 and made its fifth finals appearance in six years, had suffered through one-goal championship-game losses in 2009 and 2010, then fell to McIntosh in penalty kicks in the 2011 state final.
The Lady Wildcats beat McIntosh twice in the regular season, 2-0 on April 24 and 3-1 on March 9.
“Being the underdog, we really had nothing to lose,” Clark said. “We were able to come out and do our thing.”
McIntosh, which won its eighth state title, broke through first in the 15th minute, when Gabby Seiler cut to the goal on a free kick by Danielle Gray and scored on a shot from the left to the right side of the goal.
Whitewater took less than a minute to answer. Brook Colangelo fired a crossing pass into the box, where Taylor Marks fielded it and beat Deitrick with a shot to the right side of the goal.
Whitewater had outscored all opponents 111-7 and in four state playoff games had scored 29 goals to their opponents’ one, but McIntosh neutralized the Whitewater attack by pushing forward throughout the first half, and the Lady Chiefs got more chances as a result.
Seiler had chances in the 22nd minute and the 31st minute, when her shot sailed high.
In the second half, Whitewater solved the McIntosh scheme and created scoring chances. The Lady Wildcats had three close calls in the later stages of regulation. In the 68th minute, when Savannah Jordan’s header in the goalie box was on target, but Deitrick was there to grab it.
In the 73rd, Jordan’s shot from 15 yards out went over the crossbar, and a minute later she fed a pass across the box to Abbey Reddig, whose header sailed high.
Whitewater had two more chances in the first overtime period and came away empty, and in the second overtime the Lady Wildcats’ Kenzie Winters had a header off a corner kick, and the ball hit the crossbar.