Daily Reporter staff reports
INDIANAPOLIS — The New Palestine girls basketball team put its two-game losing streak in the rear view Tuesday night.
The visiting Dragons built a double-digit lead in the second quarter and stayed in front the rest of the way to defeat the host Lawrence Central Bears 58-41.
Leah Seib scored a career-high 20 points as the Dragons improved to 14-6 on the season. Seib is the first New Palestine girls player to reach 20 points in a single game this year.
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New Palestine led Lawrence Central 19-13 after the first quarter behind a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Emma Grable. The margin grew to 32-19 early in the second quarter and stood at 36-25 by halftime.
Haley Harrison, who finished with 13 points in the game, scored 11 in the first half, including seven points in the second quarter.
Seib posted 10 points in the third quarter, while the Dragons jumped ahead 50-32 with 14 team points scored in the frame.
Grable ended the night with nine points. Tatum Biddle had six points, and Megan Jolly chipped in four points. Katie Herron, Michaela Jones and Eliza Adams each had two points.
Jones had been sideline with an injury since Dec. 12, but she returned to the lineup on Tuesday.
The Dragons return to the court tonight for senior night at home against Cardinal Ritter.
Royals fall to Rebels
The Eastern Hancock girls basketball team’s three-game winning streak was snapped Tuesday night.
The visiting Class 2A Royals lost 48-24 to the Class A No. 14 Randolph Southern Rebels, dropping to 13-8 on the year.
Randolph Southern (16-5) built a 25-11 lead through the first half of its Mid-Eastern Conference matchup and never looked back, outscoring the Royals 23-13 in the second half.
Eastern Hancock finished the season 5-4 in the MEC. Randolph Southern stands at 7-1, tied for second in the standings with Wapahani.
Jenna Smith led the Royals with eight points and seven rebounds. Liberty Durham had four rebounds and four points. Jocelyn Duncan finished with five points.
The Royals wrap up the regular-season tonight at Tri at 7:30 p.m.
Dragons sweep 3-way meet
The New Palestine gymnastics tallied 97.175 points to sweep past both Scecina Memorial and Morristown on Tuesday night.
Scecina was second with 88.725 points, while host Morristown was third with 62.075 points.
Sophomore Grace Shanahan won three events for the Dragons, taking first on floor (9.1), balance beam (8.325) and uneven bars (8.5). She was fifth on vault (8.25) and finished second in the all-around with 34.175 points.
New Palestine’s Emma Poag was third in the all-around with 31.675. She was third on bars (7.475) and beam (8.025). Poag was fourth on vault (8.375) and fifth on floor exercise (7.8).
Dragons’ Taylor Brown was fourth in the all-around with a score of 30.675. She was second on vault (8.55), while TeTe Hart was third on vault (8.45) and floor (8.275).
New Palestine is now 6-3 on the year and compete tonight at home against Roncalli and Scecina Memorial.
Dragons fall to Warriors
The New Palestine swimming teams claimed five events Tuesday during a dual meet with Whiteland.
The Dragons girls won three events, while the boys took two. Whiteland’s girls won the dual 119-64. The Warriors boys defeated the Dragons 118-67.
Jessica Rogers and Iago Broullon-Blanco won a pair of events each for the Dragons. Rogers was first in the 50-yard freestyle and 200 medley relay. Broullon-Blanco won the 200 individual medley and was part of the 200 medley relay.
Karen Shriver won the diving competition for New Palestine.
The boys were led by a victory for the 200 medley relay, which Broullon-Blanco paced along with Marlon Cabrera, Louis Holbrook and Tyler Corey. Cabrera was second in the 200 IM.