Daily Reporter staff reports
New Palestine’s Raegan McMurray scored a career-high 29 points on Tuesday, and each one of them were key as the Dragons fended off host Beech Grove 58-55 behind their senior guard’s historic night.
McMurray scored New Palestine’s last nine points and converted a crucial outlet layup late with 1:14 left to put the Dragons ahead for good and push her career point total to the 1,000-point mark.
She now has 1,003 career points after hitting 11 of 16 from the floor and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line. McMurray was 3-for-4 from 3-point range as the team went 6 of 10. She added eight rebounds and three steals.
New Palestine led from start to finish against the host Hornets, but the Dragons were constantly challenged by Beech Grove (15-3).
With the game in the balance, the Dragons defense posted four straight stops and put together a two-possession lead behind McMurray’s 1,000th point.
Leah Seib finished with 11 points and four rebounds for the Dragons. Megan Jolly had five points and three assists and steals. Katie Herron had four points and eight rebounds.
New Palestine is now 14-6 on the year and return to the court today to face Eastern Hancock at home.
Marauders win second straight
The Mt. Vernon Marauders used a collective effort to beat Richmond on the road 57-24 on Tuesday.
Taking a 23-9 lead by halftime, the Marauders rolled to their second straight win and fourth in six games.
The team made six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Sophie Williams led the Marauders with 11 points, Hanna Johnson had 10 points and Megan Gawrys finished with nine.
The Marauders (6-13) host rival Greenfield-Central this Friday.
Cougars bounce back from tough loss
The Greenfield-Central Cougars dropped a tough home game on Saturday against Class 4A No. Carmel, but they bounced back quickly on the road against Muncie Central.
Winning their fifth in seven games, the Cougars roared to a 66-21 victory at historic Muncie Fieldhouse to improve to 13-9 on the season.
The Cougars travel to rival Mt. Vernon on Friday with three more games on the regular-season schedule before the state tournament.
Cougars take top honors at meet
The Greenfield-Central boys and girls swimming teams swept the night on Tuesday, winning the Lawrence Central three-way.
The girls scored 96 points to stave off runner-up Heritage Christian (88 points) and the host Bears (81 points).
Emma Miller won the 100-yard freestyle for the Cougars, while Hannah Walden was first in the 100 breaststroke. The 200 freestyle relay team were first as well.
The boys won nine events to post 105 points for first. Lawrence Central was second with 70 points and Heritage Christian was third at 54.
The Cougars 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay teams all won their events.
The team also seized victories in the 200 free, 50 free, 500 free, and 100 backstroke. Ben Rader won the diving competition.