The New Palestine girls basketball team extended its winning streak to five straight on Tuesday night, defeating Class 4A Shelbyville 58-24 on the road.

The 4A Dragons improved to 6-3 on the season and are a perfect 3-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference after the victory.

Senior Raegan McMurray led the team with 19 points against the HHC rival Golden Bears. Megan Jolly and Katie Herron each finished with eight points.

Jordan Reid, Haley Harrison and Emily Newcomb scored five points each. Leah Seib and Emma Grable chipped in four points while Cassidy Matheson had three.

New Palestine led the game early 14-3 after the first quarter and never looked back as its advantage grew to 31-15 by halftime. The Dragons defense clamped down in the third quarter, allowing a mere two points.

Up next for New Palestine is a HHC road matchup against Greenfield-Central on Friday at 6 p.m.

Royals’ comeback falls short

The Eastern Hancock girls basketball team trailed early, but head coach Andy Meneely’s Royals charged back on Tuesday night against North Decatur.

The visiting Royals fell behind 32-26 by halftime before erupting for a 28-point fourth quarter. The 2A Chargers, however, were able to hold on, narrowly winning 65-64.

The loss halted 2A Eastern Hancock’s winning streak at five games. The Royals hadn’t lost since Nov. 12 at home against Triton Central 52-35.

The team returns home for its next game on Tuesday against 2A Lapel at 7:30 p.m.

Marauders fall to Indians

The Mt. Vernon Marauders kept it close Tuesday night at home against Anderson, but the visiting 4A Indians were able to escape with a 52-48 win.

The 4A Marauders trailed 46-40 after three quarters but couldn’t get past the Tribe despite outscoring them 8-6 down the stretch.

The loss pushes Mt. Vernon’s losing streak to six straight. The Marauders will look to end their skid on Saturday at HHC foe Yorktown at 12:30 p.m.

Swimming

Royals sweep four-way meet

The Eastern Hancock swimming teams had a tremendous showing at home during its four-way meet Tuesday night.

With several swimmers competing in some off events, the Royals set personal and school records en route to victory.

The girls scored 130 points for first with Rushville in second at 67. Indianapolis Broad Ripple was third at 47 while Indianapolis Arsenal Tech was fourth with 12 points. 

The Eastern Hancock boys sent five swimmers into the pool and prevailed with 81 points for first. Rushville, which had nine competitors, was second with 80 points. Indianapolis Arsenal Tech was third with 58 and Indianapolis Broad Ripple was fourth with 22.

The current school-record holders in the 200-yard individual medley are Shelby Kell at 2:35.17 and Chris Walton in 2:19.90. Elijah Harris owns the mark in the 100 freestyle at 55.74.

The Royals head to Shelbyville on Thursday for a three-way meet with Batesville. The meet starts at 6 p.m.