Dragons fend off late rally by Warriors

NEW PALESTINE — It was a feel-good type of a night Saturday when New Palestine’s boys basketball team hosted Whiteland.

The Dragons had their annual Coaches vs. Cancer promotion, and they put smiles on the faces of most of the large crowd by beating Whiteland 53-50.

And hopefully the biggest winner down the road will be Liza Angelicchio, a 2008 NP grad who was a cheerleader and was also on the gymnastics team. She is battling leukemia, and a raffle of prizes took place during the evening to raise funds for her treatment.

Dragon players came out on the court for warmups wearing pink “Lizastrong” T-shirts, and many students and fans also had pink on.  Even the referees’ whistle bands were pink.

“It’s a Saturday night and we’re playing basketball and everybody’s having a good time, but not everybody’s fortunate,” NP coach Adam Barton said. “So hopefully we’ve raised (significant) money for Liza’s family and we’ve raised awareness.”

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