DUNLAP – A second-quarter shutout paved the road to a dominating win on the road for the Warsaw girls basketball team Saturday night.
The veteran Tigers blanked host Concord in the second frame en route to posting a 71-37 win in Northern Lakes Conference action.
Warsaw, which moved to 18-3 overall, outscored the hosts 21-0 in the second quarter. The Tigers led just 13-10 after the opening frame, but took a 34-10 lead into the locker room at intermission. Concord shot just 4-19 from the field in the first half. The Tigers were 11-22 from the field in the opening half.
Star Dayton Groninger continued her climb up the prestigious career scoring list to lead the Tigers. The senior guard scored 16 points to pace the winners, which gives her 963 now for her outstanding career. That moves the Indiana Wesleyan recruit into sixth place on the school’s career list.
Senior Madi Graham finished with 13 points and classmate Page Desenberg had 11 to pace a balanced offensive effort for the winners.
Junior Emma Bohnenkamper netted nine points for the Tigers. Sophomore Kacy Bragg and senior Kenzie Welk each scored eight points. Sophomore Maddie Ryman added three points, while junior Kennedy Patton had two and senior Abby Glass one.
Groninger also led her team with nine rebounds. Bohnenkamper collected six caroms and Desenberg grabbed five.
Warsaw shot 23-44 from the field for the game, including 4-13 from distance. The Tigers were 21-35 from the free throw line and had 41 rebounds and 12 turnovers.
Sophomore Kacy Gratzol led Concord with 16 points. Sophomore Chandyn Redmond added 11 for the hosts, who drop to 3-17 on the year.
Warsaw improves to 4-2 in NLC action and is tied with NorthWood and Elkhart Memorial for second place in the league standings. Northridge has clinched the NLC championship for the second straight year with a 6-0 mark after beating Memorial Friday night.
The Tigers wrap up regular-season action at NorthWood Thursday night. The Panthers sit at 15-7 overall after beating Goshen 41-29 in a conference game Saturday night. Warsaw will then face Memorial in a first-round game of the Class 4-A Goshen Sectional on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Warsaw won the junior varsity game Saturday night 46-21.
Concord hosts Prairie Heights Tuesday and plays at Wawasee Thursday to complete the regular season. Concord will then play Northridge on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Goshen Sectional.