WARSAW – Offense was as hard to come by as a warm summer’s breeze outside Saturday night in the Tiger Den.
Host Warsaw made just enough shots in the end to defeat Goshen 34-25 in a Northern Lakes Conference girls basketball matchup.
The Tigers outscored their guests 20-13 in the final quarter to snap a two-game losing streak.
Warsaw, which had lost a pair of tough NLC road games to Northridge and Elkhart Memorial in its last two contests, improves to 16-3 overall and moves to 2-2 in league play.
Goshen, which made just seven shots in the game, falls to 7-11 overall and stands 1-4 in NLC action.
Goshen led 3-0 after the opening period and Warsaw took a 4-3 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Tigers were 2-13 from the field in the first half, while Goshen was 1-15.
Senior Dayton Groninger led the winners with 13 points to go with 10 rebounds.
Senior Page Desenberg had eight points and senior Madi Graham six for the Tigers. Kenzie Welk netted five points and Kacy Bragg two.
Warsaw finished 11-32 overall from the field, including 3-13 from 3-point range. The hosts were 9-12 from the free throw line and had a 31-21 rebounding edge, which led to a 10-4 advantage in second chance points.
Ashton Ellis-Krebs and Aylissa Trosper each scored six points to lead Goshen.
Goshen finished 7-35 overall from the field, including 4-16 from distance. They were 7-9 from the line.
Northridge, the defending NLC champions, improved to 5-0 in league play with a 36-35 win at NorthWood Saturday night. Memorial, which beat Warsaw 35-31 Wednesday night, sits in second place in the league standings at 4-1 after a 52-45 win at Wawasee Saturday afternoon. NorthWood is 3-2 in league play with Warsaw and Wawasee each 2-2.
Warsaw beat Goshen 31-21 in the junior varsity game.
Warsaw hosts Wawasee Thursday night and plays at Concord next Saturday night in a pair of NLC games. Goshen plays at Mishawaka Tuesday night.