NEW PALESTINE — Maybe that defeat to Greenfield-Central in late August was just what New Palestine needed.
After claiming their fourth straight Hancock County championship Saturday, the Dragons still haven’t lost since the Cougars edged them 3-2 on Aug. 28.
NP won county titles at No. 1 singles, No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles, losing just five games all afternoon. Each of the five units advanced to the championship round in straight sets.
That setback to G-C now seems like a distant memory.
“We had a really close match at Greenfield and we felt like we maybe took a step backward that evening. We did have one player missing from (No.) two doubles — Shayan Khokhar was out sick that night — so we felt confident that we still had the better team,” New Palestine coach Chris Hardin said. “But Greenfield has improved a lot, they’re a great team. Eastern Hancock was playing really well today. It was just a great, all-around tournament.”
The Dragons finished with 27 points Saturday — the same total as they had in 2012 — with the Cougars second with 17. Mt. Vernon (nine) was third and Eastern Hancock (seven) was fourth.