Daily Reporter staff reports

The New Palestine girls basketball team played on a college court for the first time in 27 years Saturday, and it seized the opportunity, beating Class 2A No. 5 Triton Central 49-36.

Dragons’ Leah Seib went off for a team-high 16 points, all in the second half, at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum to lead the Dragons to their 13th victory of the season.

New Palestine (13-4) grabbed an early lead with a 6-0 run and later turned a three-point halftime margin into a 36-25 advantage.

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Triton Central narrowed the gap by six points in the final five minutes, but Haley Harrison extended the lead with a key 3-pointer, 41-32.

Seib scored a putback bucket with 2:35 left to keep the lead at double digits and followed up with a three-point play to fend off the Tigers (16-2).

Seib hit seven shots and went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. Megan Jolly and Katie Herron both provided eight points each. Emma Grable added seven points, while Harrison finished with five.

The Dragons return home tonight when they host Beech Grove.

Boys basketball

Dragons win third straight

The New Palestine boys basketball team’s hot streak continued on Saturday in Indianapolis as the Dragons knocked off Mooresville 55-48 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

New Palestine’s Gavin Hausz posted his third straight double-figure performance, finishing with a team-high 15 points. Jack Walker scored a career-high 10 points to help the Dragons win their third game in a row.

The Dragons went on a 14-4 run in the first half to establish a 17-10 lead before taking control for good late in the second half. The Mooresville Pioneers drew no closer than two points the rest of the game.

Matthew True finished with six points, converting a pair of 3-pointers for New Palestine. Dylan Romine and Dawson Eastes both contributed six points each.

New Palestine was without leading scorer Maximus Gizzi, who was sideline due to an injury.

Mooresville was led by Miles McGowen and Jon Eineman with 13 points apiece.

New Palestine is now 7-5 on the season and play at home on Friday against Roncalli. The Dragons host Franklin on Saturday.

Marauders fall to No. 12 Hornets

The Mt. Vernon boys basketball team charged back in the second half to cut its deficit to six points, but the visiting Indianapolis Howe Hornets held on to win 85-78 on Saturday.

Class 2A No. 12 Howe led 42-25 at halftime before the 4A Marauders made their comeback attempt led by senior Logan Smith, who posted a team-high 21 points.

Keith Rupert finished with 17 points for the Marauders, and Damari Gatewood chipped in 11. Jake Morris and Brandon Bell both added 10 points apiece, while Peyton Meadors had eight.

The Marauders outscored the Hornets 53-40 in the second half.

Mt. Vernon is now 7-5 on the season and return to its home court on Saturday against Hamilton Southeastern.