Against Liverpool, much the same thing happened, but it took the Black Knights sifting through an opening stretch where the Warriors, right behind Henninger in the league standings, hit on all kinds of shots and, early in the second quarter, possessed a 26-18 lead.
Seeing that a man-to-man defense wasn't working, Henninger head coach Erik Saroney switched to a zone that completely threw Liverpool off its game. Instead of making everything, Liverpool went nearly five minutes without a field goal in that second period.
That gave the Black Knights ample time to grab the lead with a 13-1 run, and while Liverpool recovered enough late in the half to only trail 39-36 at the break, Henninger was poised to take over again.
In the pivotal third quarter, Liverpool struggled even more, only managing a single field goal and four total points. Meanwhile, Tommie Spinner's six-point outburst early in the period fueled a 14-1 spurt, and the Warriors never got close again.
"This is as physical a team as we've had in a while," said Saroney. "We keep throwing big bodies at people and wearing them down."
As Liverpool wore down, point guard Tevin Chisholm flourished, his 21 points leading Henninger's diverse attack. Markell Stith threw in 16 points, while Spinner picked up 14 points. Marquies Young, despite some early foul trouble, contributed nine points as Kavon Delee earned eight points.
Both Henninger, in Class AA, and SAS, in Class C, find out on Sunday where they will be seeded for the Section III playoffs.