NOBLESVILLE – A pair of crippling runs by Noblesville was too much for Warsaw to overcome Saturday night. A 14-1 to start the game and then a 14-0 run to open the second half boosted the Millers to a 64-39 win over visiting Warsaw in girls basketball.
Warsaw managed to rally back from the first quarter deficit, even taking a brief 24-23 lead in the second quarter. Trailing 27-26 at the half, Noblesville stormed out of the lockerroom on a 14-0 bulge over the first five-plus minutes of the third quarter. Stinging Warsaw in the process was six turnovers, part of a 21-giveaway night.
Noblesville posted a 16-4 advantage in the third quarter and continued to shoots lights out in the final quarter to put away the win. The home side shot 39 percent (26-67) for the game while Warsaw continued to struggle on the offensive end, making just 23 percent (12-53) of its field goal tries.
Dayton Groninger led Warsaw with 14 points and added seven boards, part of a statistical oddity that Warsaw outrebounded Noblesville 51-36, but forced just four turnovers. Jodie Carlson added 12 points and nine boards and Erin Clemens had right rebounds.
Noblesville, ranked No. 9 in Class 4-A, came into the night averaging 80 points per game in its first four wins of the season, had Alexis Shannon and Katelyn O’Reilly both score 24 points. Shannon scored 21 of her 24 in the second half and the two combined for 21 of the 26 field goals made in the game for the Millers.
“I thought the girls very easily could have given up down 14-1, but they continued to battle and work hard and we went into halftime down one,” said Warsaw head coach Michelle Harter. “That’s uncharted territory for Noblesville, they are not used to that.
“And then we came out in the third quarter and they got off to a quick start and we just couldn’t rebound from that quick start. We just lost our gas midway through that third quarter and you could see it.”
In the JV contest, Warsaw moved to 4-0 with a 35-29 victory. Maddy Martz led Warsaw with 13 points.
Warsaw (1-3) will visit Whitko Friday night.