Dragons upend Shelbyville 102.625-87.225 Tuesday

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NEW PALESTINE — The New Palestine gymnastics team has never doubted it will defend its sectional title. Tuesday’s dual meet against Shelbyville did nothing to persuade the Dragons otherwise.

Less than two weeks before the start of the state tournament, New Palestine posted a season-best score in a 102.625-87.225 win over Shelbyville.

The Dragons are defending sectional champs, but they’ll head to the Connersville Sectional on March 8 unranked (barring a change in the final regular season poll), while the host Spartans are at No. 12 in the state coaches poll.

“I think people have kind of dismissed as a sectional contender,” NP coach Jenny Musselman said. “I think a lot of people think that Connersville’s going to run away with it. But they’re not scoring that much higher than us.

“We’ve kind of been kept out of the rankings, which is okay with us because we like going in and sneaking around and surprising people.”

Tuesday, a balanced effort led the Dragons over the Golden Bears, another common sectional foe.

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