Daily Reporter staff reports

The New Palestine boys basketball team’s three-game road warrior tour ended Saturday night at Rushville just as it started.

The Dragons defeated host Rushville 52-42 to improve to 3-0 on the year, their best record to start a season since 1996-97. New Palestine opened the 2017-18 campaign with a road win at Richmond, 49-42, on Nov. 22, which the Dragons followed up with a 55-41 win at Shenandoah on Dec. 1.

Against Rushville, the Dragons rallied back from a six-point deficit in the second quarter to take a commanding 32-18 lead in the second half.

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Maximus Gizzi scored a team-high 18 points for the Dragons, going 9 of 11 from the free-throw line. Dylan Romine finished with nine points, while Gavin Hausz chipped in seven. Matthew True had 14 points on 5 of 9 shooting from the field.

The Dragons converted seven 3-pointers in the game as Rushville’s Austyn Farley led the Lions with 18 points.

New Palestine hosts rival Greenfield-Central on Friday for its home-opener. The night includes a boys/girls varsity doubleheader, beginning with the girls game at 6 p.m.

Cougars beat Falcons

The Greenfield-Central boys basketball team defended its home court Saturday night, defeating Perry Meridian 49-40 to improve to 1-1 on the season.

Off since Nov. 21, the host Cougars ran out to a 25-22 lead by halftime and put the game away behind Will O’Connor’s team-high 24 points.

O’Connor was 8 of 12 from the field and 3-for-6 from 3-pointer range. He added seven rebounds and three steals.

Matt Turner had eight points, while Logan Graddy and Brian Long both posted six points. Turner grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds. Long had nine boards.

The Cougars return to the court at New Palestine at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Marauders win 4th straight

The Mt. Vernon Marauders jumped out to a 29-13 lead and fended off a late charge by Decatur Central to remain unbeaten on the season.

The Marauders won 56-52 to improve to 4-0 behind a team-high 22 points by Damari Gatewood.

Logan Smith added 14 points, while Cade Gentry had eight. Tyler Bostic chipped in five points, and Peyton Meaders finished with four.

The Marauders converted 8 of 9 free throws late in the game to win as Decatur Central scored 24 fourth-quarter points.

Mt. Vernon is back in action on Friday at Pendleton Heights.

Royals improve to 3-0

The Eastern Hancock Royals swept their back-to-back weekend schedule with a 54-33 win at Southwestern (Shelby) on Friday and a 60-40 win at Wes-Del on Saturday.

The Royals are off to their best start since 1990-91.

Against Wes-Del, Royals’ Addison True poured in a team-high 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting, while Brycen Napier added 12 points and Jacob Eischen had 10 and nine rebounds.

A.J. Muegge had seven rebounds and True finished with six.

The Royals host Northeastern on Friday night.

Girls basketball

Dragons run streak to seven

The New Palestine girls basketball team won its seventh straight with a 44-18 victory against Delta.

The unbeaten Dragons are 7-0 on the season and 2-0 in Hoosier Heritage Conference play this season.

New Palestine opened the game 0-for-13 from the field, but the Dragons corrected course with a 16-0 and a 31-5 run.

Leah Seib tied her career high with 19 points for the Dragons. She also led the team with seven rebounds. Megan Jolly had seven points and three assists.

The 18 points allowed by the Dragons tied a school record set in 2006 against Yorktown for the fewest points surrendered by New Palestine in a HHC contest.

Cougars fall to Royals

The Greenfield-Central Cougars lost 73-46 against host Hamilton Southeastern on Saturday.

Hannah Farrell led the Cougars with 20 points, and Jessica Farrell had 16.

Hamilton Southeastern led 19-7 after the first quarter and never relinquished en route to handing the Cougars their sixth loss in eight games.

Greenfield-Central (2-6) returns to the court this Friday at rival New Palestine at 6 p.m.

Wrestling

Marauders take 10th at Westfield

The Mt. Vernon wrestling team finished 10th overall during the Westfield Shamrock Duals on Saturday.

The Marauders were 2-3 on the day with wins against Princeton (54-21) and Homestead (43-32). Mt. Vernon lost to Fort Wayne Carroll (54-14), Westfield (35-32) and Lebanon (42-36).

Mt. Vernon’s P.J. Sterrett and Jake Skotnicki were both 5-0 at 182 and 285 pounds, respectively.

The Marauders compete at the Neil Muse Invitational at Lapel on Saturday.

Royals take second at invite

The Eastern Hancock Royals finished second at the Cambridge City Lincoln Invitational on Saturday.

The Royals defeated Blue River Valley 78-6, Cambridge City Lincoln 55-24 and Indiana Deaf 51-30. They lost to Centerville 45-33.

Wesley Myers, a heavyweight, Alexander Burton at 220 pounds and Logan Francis at 145 were all 4-0 on the day. Caleb Giddings at 138 went 3-1, along with Jordyn Wills at 152, Garrett Friesen at 160 and Clayton Cochard at 195.

The team travels to Triton Central today.

Swimming

Royals boys win invite

The Eastern Hancock boys swimming team won the Lawrenceburg Invitational on Saturday, while the girls team was second.

The boys scored 278 points with Southwestern (Shelbyville) in second at 198. Ross was third at 191, Lawrenceburg was fourth with 173. Harrison was fifth at 115, followed by Hamilton with 80.

Elijah Harris won both the 50-yard and 100 freestyle. Garrett Henderson was second in the 100. Chris Walton won the 500 free and 100 backstroke. Aaron Surburg was second in the backstroke.

The boys 200 and 400 free relays won their events with Henderson, Walton and Harris each playing a part.

The girls team scored 246 points behind Ross with 270. Lawrenceburg was third at 218.

Elise Huffman was first in the 500 free and the 400 free relay also won.