BANGOR — Down by nine points midway through the third quarter Saturday, the Winslow girls’ basketball team stuck to the plan: Play tight defense on Emily Wheaton of Presque Isle and stay patient on offense.

The plan worked. Silver Clukey’s 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter tied the game, and the sixth-seeded Black Raiders went 5 of 6 at the free-throw line in overtime to take a 43-39 victory and the Class B North title at Cross Insurance Center.

“We stuck to our game plan the entire game. I knew down eight or nine, these girls wouldn’t give up. They came through big time, for sure,” Winslow Coach Lindsey Withee said.

Winslow (17-5) will face Lake Region in the Class B championship game at 7 p.m. Friday in Bangor. This is Winslow’s first regional title since it won the Class B state championship in 2005.

In overtime, Maeghan Bernard’s baseline jumper with 3:37 left gave the Black Raiders the lead for good. Winslow’s lead was 40-36 after Bernard sank a pair of free throws.

Wheaton made a 3-pointer – her only one of the game – to pull the fifth-seeded Wildcats (15-6) within 40-39 with 2:15 left in overtime.

The teams traded four turnovers in the final minute before Winslow clinched it at the line. Haley Ward’s two free throws with 19 seconds left pushed Winslow’s lead to 42-39, and after Wheaton missed a 3-pointer with six seconds left, Bernard – who scored a team-high 13 points, all in the second half – sank a free throw to ice it.

“If you couldn’t tell, I was very nervous,” Bernard said.

Entering the game, Winslow wanted to hold Wheaton, Presque Isle’s high-scoring guard and Miss Maine Basketball semifinalist, to 20 or fewer points. Wheaton scored 36 in a quarterfinal victory against Maine Central Institute and 35 in a semifinal win over top-seeded Hermon.

On Saturday, Wheaton scored 16 points. Half of those came in the first half as the Black Raiders adjusted to her ability to change speed and cut to the basket.

“It was a challenge, definitely. We just kept her in front and we all helped out,” said Sarah Guimond, who with Bodhi Littlefield defended Wheaton.

With Winslow’s defensive effort focused on Wheaton, other players stepped up for the Wildcats. Maggie Castonguay made three 3-pointers in the first half to help Presque Isle take a 22-20 lead into the break. In the third quarter, Madison Michaud scored all eight of her points, and Christina Skidgel hit a 3 to push the Wildcats’ lead to 31-22 with five minutes left in the quarter.

“They have a lot of kids they can throw at her. They’re physical and they did a good job help-side on her the whole game,” Presque Isle Coach Jeff Hudson said of Winslow’s defense against Wheaton.

“Castonguay made some baskets. Sydney (Thompson) made some baskets. In the third quarter, Michaud made some baskets. We knew we needed to have that in order to stay close.”

Bernard scored eight points in the third, finding a rhythm with 10-foot baseline jumpers against Presque Isle’s zone defense.

“It was wide open down there,” Bernard said.

The Black Raiders rallied to make it 33-33 with just over a minute left in the third on a basket by Ward (10 points), but Wheaton made a layup and foul shot to send the Wildcats to the fourth with a 36-33 lead.