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Prep Wrap: Ahead of HHC Meet, G-C swim sweeps NP

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Greenfield-Central will head into the Hoosier Heritage Conference swimming and diving meet with momentum after sweeping New Palestine Tuesday.

The host Cougars won the boys event 142-41 and handled the Dragons 113-73 in the girls meet.

G-C will visit New Palestine on Saturday for the HHC championships. Diving prelims are tonight.

Tuesday, Allen Forbes (200 yard medley relay, 50 free, 200 free relay), Justin Miller (200 medley relay, 100 breast), Isaak Tow (200 medley relay, 200 IM, 100 fly), Drew Logan (200 medley relay, 100 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay), Jared Tomer (200 free, 100 back), Nathan Graber (diving), A.J. Shelton (500 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay), Jordan Cermak (200 free relay, 400 free relay) and Jacob Keener (400 free relay) helped the Cougars win every boys race.

“This was a good meet to get back into racing mode leading to conference,” G-C coach Mark Logan said.

For the Dragon boys, Grant Gish was second in the 50 free and 100 backstroke as both NP teams swam ‘off’ events Tuesday.

Victorious for the Greenfield-Central girls were Taylor Young (200 free, 400 free relay), Hannah Reynolds (200 IM, 100 back), Ashley Finney (100 fly), Taylor Young (500 free), Krista Zornes (100 breast, 400 free relay), Erin Kile (400 free relay) and Ashley Finney (400 free relay).

“This was a total team effort and our depth was certainly a key to this evening,” G-C coach Emily Logan said. “This team has been working really hard.”

Addison Virt (50 freestyle), Erin Trimpe (100 freestyle), Shannon Jones (diving), the 200 medley relay of Grace Hornsby, Trimpe, Virt and Rachel Wineman, and the 200 free relay of Trimpe, Virt, Wineman and Jones prevailed for the Dragon girls.

“This was a make-up meet from last week’s weather postponement, and being days out from the conference championship, the swimmers had a chance to swim some non-primary events,” NP coach Steve Maxwell said. “There were several strong swims in these ‘off events’ and, having only had a handful of practices since the new year, the swimmers were able to enter their races without normal expectations.” 


Royals sweep Liberty Christian

Tuesday at Eastern Hancock, the Royals took two from visiting Liberty Christian, winning the boys competition 82-37 and the girls event 64-61.

Notching first-place finishes for the EH boys were Deven Grose (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly), Bryce Burkhart (200 individual medley), Sam Carlton (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle), Matt Thompson (100 backstroke) and the quartet of Carlton, Burkhart, Grose and Cole Cochard, which took the medley and 200 freestyle relay.

For the Royal girls, Shelby Kell (100, 200 freestyle), Brittni Fox (100 butterfly), Amanda Dickmander (500 freestyle) and the 400 freestyle relay of Hailey Carlton, Dickmander, Fox and Kell triumphed.

Girls basketball

Perry Meridian 65, New Palestine 50

The Dragons started well Tuesday, but Perry Meridian used a second-quarter rally fueled by free throws to come away with the win. 

New Palestine (5-8) built an early seven-point lead, boosted by two 3-pointers by Haley Stratman, but Perry scored 14 points from the free throw line in a 26-point second quarter to build a 37-33 lead at halftime. The Dragons stayed within striking distance for much of the second half, but could not retake the lead.

NP freshman Raegan McMurry finished with a career-high 17 points and added six rebounds. She hit 7-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-5 from the line.

Junior guard Emma Laughlin had nine points, going 5-6 from the line to go along with three rebounds and three steals. Stratman had six points, three boards and two assists. Katlyn Keele added five points and four rebounds.

Perry Meridian was 23-33 from the line, while New Palestine was 14-21.

Greenfield-Central 60, Knightstown 47

The Cougars won behind four double-digit scorers Wednesday evening.

Madison Wise paced G-C with 17 points. Regan Lewis added a season-best 14 points.

Savannah Girolami had 11 points and Shelby Oldham notched 10 for the Cougars, who led 29-21 at half and 44-33 after three quarters.

G-C moved to 9-5, eclipsing last year’s win total.


NP second at Connersville

New Palestine finished second in its season opener Tuesday, a 3-way meet against New Castle and Connersville.

The Dragons tallied 97.55 points, finishing behind host Connersville (100.3) and ahead of New Castle (94.775). 

NP’s two individual winners were Annabelle Dockins on vault (8.85) and Kate Fee on beam (8.775). Dockins was also fifth on bars, fourth on beam and third on floor (8.375). Fee was second on bars (8.675) and sixth on floor. The two tied for third in the all-around (33.1). 

Kylie Zehner and Rylee Elsea, who were fourth and fifth on floor, also notched top-six finishes.

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