OSSIAN – The Warsaw girls basketball team picked up quite an eye-opening win Tuesday night.
The Tigers went on the road and edged past Class 3-A No. 6 Norwell by a 55-53 final.
Coach Michelle Harter’s squad improves to 3-3 with the huge non-conference win. The Tigers were coming off a win at Whitko last Friday night.
Sophomore Dayton Groninger led the charge for Warsaw, which rallied from a seven-point first-half deficit. Groninger finished with a team-high 14 points to go with a team-high nine rebounds.
Norwell, whose other loss was a 68-56 setback at NorthWood on Nov. 22, led 13-9 after the first quarter. The hosts took their biggest lead of the close contest at 20-13 in the second stanza before the Tigers closed with a 10-3 run to tie the game at 23-23 at halftime.
Norwell led by a slim 37-35 margin after the third period of play. Warsaw then outscored the hosts 20-16 in the final frame for the win.
Vicki Harris scored 10 points, including hitting 6-9 from the free throw line, for Warsaw. Madi Graham also had 10 points and Jodie Carlson eight in a strong team effort for the Tigers.
Warsaw shot just 18-52 from the field, including 4-12 on 3-point tries. Groninger and Graham each made a pair of treys for the Tigers. Groninger was also 4-4 from the free throw line in the win.
Norwell was only 16-54 from the field overall, which included a 6-22 mark on 3-pointers.
The Tigers hit 15-19 free throws, while the hosts were 15-20 from the stripe. Warsaw had just eight turnovers and Norwell committed only six.
Erin Clemens had five points and five rebounds for Warsaw. Page Desenberg and Pam Miller each had four points and four rebounds for the winners.
Warsaw won the junior varsity contest 43-36.
Warsaw (3-3) hosts Michigan City Saturday with the JV game at noon. Norwell (3-2) plays at Homestead on Thursday night.