Fast start puts Royals in win column

The Eastern Hancock girls basketball team fired out to a quick start Tuesday night to fend off Elwood 49-42.

Coming off a tough 52-45 loss to Beech Grove in their season opener, the Royals pulled ahead 17-9 in the first quarter and never relinquished to secure first-year head coach Andy Meneely’s first win at Eastern Hancock.

The Royals used a 15-point second quarter to go up 32-22 at halftime. The host Panthers cut into the deficit 39-32, but Eastern Hancock kept them at bay with a 10-point final frame.

The Royals (1-1) head to Centerville on Friday night for their second straight road game before returning home against Triton Central on Saturday.

Dragons fall short against Woodman

The New Palestine girls basketball team rallied back on Tuesday night but Greenwood was able to hold on, defeating the host Dragons 57-51.

New Palestine trailed 16-points in the second half and went on a 15-6 run in the third quarter to narrow the gap. The Dragons trailed 35-19 before finding their shots and rhythm to pull within 41-34 keyed by a strong defense.

The deficit shrunk to six points in the final three minutes of the game behind back-to-back baskets from Haley Harrison and Katie Herron, but the Dragons would get no closer.

A pair of New Palestine players finished with a double-double in Leah Seib with 18 points and 13 rebounds. She shot 6 of 11 from the floor and was 5-for-8 from the foul line. Seib added two assists, a block and two steals.

Emma Grable had 10 points and 10 rebounds. She also recorded a team-high four steals. Herron chipped in 13 points with six rebounds and two steals.

Megan Jolly had six points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Harrison finished with four points, four assists and a steal. Jordan Reid grabbed five rebounds while dishing out three assists and posting three steals.

The Dragons are now 1-1 on the year after winning the season opener 61-36 on the road at Connersville. New Palestine returns to the court Saturday against Southport at home. The varsity game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m.