Warsaw rallies, beats Col. City

COLUMBIA CITY — Second-half mistakes cost the Columbia City girls basketball team a win Tuesday night against Warsaw.The Lady Tigers capitalized on nine miscues in the third quarter and 27 on the game to beat the Lady Eagles at home, 57-38.Columbia City had a 16-12 lead in the first quarter, which dwindled to a 27-27 tie at halftime.The Lady Eagles went to the free throw line 14 times in the first half, shooting 79 percent from behind the stripe.Kalisha Goree made the most free shots, finishing 6-of-10 attempts.Goree led the team in scoring with 14 points. She also led in steals with three, chipped in a block and a rebound and shot 4-for-5 in field goals.A combination of Warsaw’s defense and Columbia City’s miscues held the Lady Eagles to a slim three points in the third quarter, while the Lady Tigers tacked on 14 points.Warsaw continued its pounding in the fourth quarter, doubling Columbia City’s points, 16-8.Warsaw finished the game with a 57-38 lead.Senior Samara Qureshi was the Lady Eagles second leading scorer with six points and two rebounds.Three players had four points, Emily Whiteleather, Sidney Bunyan and Macie Hinen.Seniors Sarah Opliger and Mariah Hicks led the team in rebounds with six apiece, followed by Whiteleather with five.Whiteleather also shot 4-for-4 from the free throw line.Hinen led the team in assists with four.The Lady Eagles are now 3-6 and host East Noble Saturday afternoon with a 2:30 p.m. varsity tip-off time.