CUYAHOGA FALLS — With its leading scorer struggling in the first half, the Chippewa girls basketball team didn’t miss a beat.

A lot of that credit can go to Grace Lindquist.

The senior center was dominant on the low block in leading Chippewa back into the Elite Eight with a 67-44 victory over Warren Champion in a Division III regional semifinal Wednesday night at Cuyahoga Falls.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Lindquist, who poured in a game-high 21 points. “When the first couple went in, I was like, 'OK, I can do this' and they just kept coming.”

With top scorer Celina Koncz scoring just two points in the opening half, 6-foot Lindquist took over.

The Chipps (23-1), who advanced to play Elyria Catholic in the regional final Saturday afternoon, were able to spread out the Flashes' zone with some quick ball movement, allowing Lindquist to have a field day in the paint.

Every time Champion (21-5) got a speck of momentum, Lindquist was there with a simple drop-step to the rim or quick turn to the middle and finish over the top.

After the Flashes cut into the Chipps’ early lead, making it 18-15 on a layup by center Brooke Whitt (15 points, 11 rebounds), Lindquist picked up a steal and score and then had a nifty turnaround to push the lead back out to seven.

Lindquist then scored with contact off of an inbounds from senior guard Bailey Clark and converted the free throw to push the lead to double digits with 3:21 left in the half.

It was all over from there.

“They were really opening the inside up for her, particularly when we broke their press,” Chippewa coach Denny Schrock said of Lindquist, who scored 13 of her 21 points in the opening two quarters. “We were open inside in transition and she took advantage.”

And while Lindquist set the pace, Koncz put the game away.

After shooting just 1-of-6 in the first half, the 5-11 junior went to work. Koncz made five shots to start the third, including a 3-pointer to make it 40-23 with 4:05 left in the quarter.

“I told her at the start of the third quarter to take the game over and she did, again,” Schrock said of Koncz, who added eight rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Sophomore guard Taylor Thomas had a game-high three 3-pointers en route to a 13-point night off the bench and Clark ripped down a team-high nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.

“We're a deep team, so it's not just one player here, one player there,” Lindquist said. “We have so many players that contribute a lot, which I feel makes us a good team.”