Eastern Hancock girls basketball team survives close contest

Daily Reporter staff reports

The Eastern Hancock girls basketball team improved to 15-6 with a 49-45 win against visiting Waldron on Saturday afternoon.

A 20-17 fourth quarter gave the Royals the advantage after leading by one point entering the final stanza in a back-and-forth affair.

Emiley Carlton led Eastern Hancock with 15 points while Leah Ferguson added 11. Kiersten Lux led the Mohawks with 16 points.

The Royals wrap up their season on Thursday at Tri.

Dragons ear

n 15th winNew Palestine improved to 15-6 this season with one game left on its schedule before postseason play after a 62-34 win against Decatur Central on Saturday.Raegan McMurry scored a game-high 18 points while teammate Natalie Kehrt scored 16. Katlyn Keele contributed 13 points in the win while Carly Hackler added seven assists.

The 15 wins is the most for the Dragons in 12 seasons.

The team travels to Lawrence Central on Wednesday.

Boys basketball

Grizzly Cubs top Dragons

Three New Palestine boys basketball players scored in double figures against Franklin, but it was not enough as the host Grizzly Cubs beat to Dragons 69-56 on Saturday night.Dylan Romine hit three second-half 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 13 points. Logan Duffy added 12 while Keegan Watson contributed 11 in the loss.New Palestine will play at home today against Morristown.

Wrestling

Royals go 4-1 at invite

Eastern Hancock’s wrestling team went 4-1 on Saturday at the Cardinal Ritter Invitational.The Royals beat Cardinal Ritter 48-24, Guerin Catholic 51-28, Triton Central 51-18 and Crawfordsville 48-27. The team’s lone loss came to Whiteland, 50-24.Jared Waterman and Dakota Myers led the Royals with a 5-0 record on the afternoon. Jack Smith, Josh Robinson and Mitch Guin were all 4-1.

Swimming

Royals compete at Warren Central

Eastern Hancock competed at the Warren Central Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The girls finished seventh out of 17 teams with 113 points. The boys were 10th out of 13 team with 100 points.“Another day of some great swims,” head coach Derek McCormick said. “This group continues to surprise me with the continued success we have each and every meet. We had great races on both sides but especially the girls side, which is making for a very difficult relay selection.”Shelby Kell broke a school record in the 200-yard freestyle (2:16.54) and finished sixth overall in the event. She was also third in the 50 freestyle.

Chris Walton led the boys with two top-eight finishes. He was fifth in the 200 yard freestyle and sixth in the 500 freestyle. In all, 13 Royals had lifetime or season best swims.

Tonight is Senior Night for the swim team at Eastern Hancock starting at 5:30 p.m.

Cougars fall to Fishers

Greenfield-Central swim teams competed against Fishers, one of the top programs in the state, on Saturday to complete a busy week (four meets in seven days).Both teams lost, however, 114-56.“This is a good meet to remind them of the growth we still need to be able to contend at a higher level,” girls coach Emily Logan said. “They are building and growing in the right direction and that’s promising.”

Girls swimming sectional preliminary rounds begin next Thursday at New Palestine.

Gymnastics

Dragons win 6-way meet

New Palestine rebounded from a tough loss to Columbus North earlier last week by topping the field at New Castle on Saturday.The Dragons finished first with 100.075 points. New Castle was second with 97.95 while Richmond was third with 95.05.Senior Annabelle Dockins had two second-place finishes for New Palestine, scoring a 9.1 on the vault and 9.15 on the floor. Senior Tara Morey finished second in the all-around (33.5). She was also third on bars (8.1).

The Dragons are home today against Morristown and Scecina.