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The New Palestine girls basketball team lost its fourth straight contest Friday night, falling 55-43 at Pendleton Heights in a game that doubled as NP’s final Hoosier Heritage Conference contest of the season.

The Dragons fell to 4-7 overall and 2-4 in HHC play. The Arabians moved to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in the HHC. PH is sitting in second place in the conference behind 3-0 Mt. Vernon.

Friday, NP trailed 12-2 after a quarter and 21-14 at half.

Raegan McMurray led the Dragons with 11 points and four offensive rebounds. Haley Stratman had nine points. Carly Hackler added seven points.

“Overall, it was actually a positive performance. We really stepped up and played as a team,” New Palestine coach Brian Kehrt said. “We just didn’t shoot the ball well. We had good, open looks and they didn’t go down. You can’t do a lot about that. We played them tough.”

Kehrt cited the play of Katlyn Keele (eight points), who he said played well in her first career varsity start.

Friday’s game marked the end of a scheduling quirk for the Dragons; they played all six of their HHC games consecutively.

“Had we shot the ball better, we could’ve gotten to .500 in conference,” Kehrt said. “It does make it tough playing six (HHC games) in a row, but they’re on the schedule so you just have to play them. We’ve definitely improved from the start of the season.”

NP hosts Perry Meridian (7-6) Tuesday.

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