The Dragons have scored 310 points, and every one of those points — along with each rebound, assist, steal, block and turnover — has been registered by a freshman and sophomore. One of the youngest varsity teams in the state, New Palestine’s trek has gone as expected. Nearly halfway through their 20-game regular season, the Dragons are 2-7.
The worst may be over, however. The Dragons picked up a 39-36 win over Yorktown in their last game, Saturday. New Pal’s other victory was over a historically bad Arlington team, 77-16, Nov. 27. But Yorktown entered the weekend at 6-3, and had lost to defending 3A state finalist Mt. Vernon by only 13 points just one week earlier.
“It was huge for us,” NP coach Jacki Negri said of the Hoosier Heritage Conference win over the Tigers. “The best part of the win was that they really deserved it, and you saw the improvement. Not taking anything away from Delta and Shelbyville (40-34 and 52-44 winners over New Palestine, respectively, early this month), but those were winnable games for us. We just made some huge turnovers down the stretch because of our lack of experience. We didn’t make those mistakes against Yorktown.”