For the first time since winning it all for the only time in school history in 1984, the Warsaw Tigers will play for a boys basketball state championship next Saturday at Conseco Field House.
Nic Moore scored 27 points as Warsaw beat Carroll 58-53 to capture the 4A Semi-State championship at North Huntington High School Saturday afternoon.
The victory is the 16th in a row for the Tigers (23-2), who will face North Central in the state finals. North Central beat Jeffersonville 82-77 in Southern Indiana's Semi-State.
It was a game of runs early with Moore leading the Tigers on a 8-0 spurt in the 1st quarter to go up 11-6. Carroll charged back with an 11-0 run for its largest lead of the game at 17-11.
But Warsaw responded with another run, scoring nine in a row. The Tigers led by three at the half and by four after three quarters.
Carroll would tie the game at 47 in the final period, before Moore and Justin Clemins scored five in a row to open up the lead for the Tigers. But the Chargers hit a 3-pointer in the final minute, cutting Warsaw's lead to one.
With 35 seconds left, Jordyn Coon sunk a jumper and Warsaw held on for the 5-point win.