The New Palestine boys basketball team improved to 6-2 on the year by dispatching Beech Grove 69-65 Tuesday evening.
The Dragons were ahead 14-10 following the first eight minutes, and both squads scored 12, 16 and 27 points in each successive quarter to maintain the four-point difference.
Justin Ikerd paced NP with 15 points, hitting 3-of-7 3-pointers for his fourth game in double figures.
Brandon Jonas added 13 points and six rebounds, his sixth game with at least six boards.
Connor Roach (11 points, nine rebounds), Ryan Curry (11 points) and Solomon Haynes (10 points, four steals) also contributed.
New Palestine is averaging 67 points per game, the program’s highest total since the 1995-96 team averaged 68 and finished 19-3.
The Dragons take on 3A No. 3-ranked Mt. Vernon (6-0) at MV in the semifinals of the Hancock County Tournament on Dec. 27 at 11:30 a.m.
MV girls drop first dual match
The Mt. Vernon girls swimming and diving team fell 95-88 Tuesday to visiting Connersville for its first dual meet loss of the season.
Winning events for the Marauders (6-1) were Emily McKinney in diving and Gloria Gonzales in the 100 freestyle.
The MV boys team moved to 5-2 with a 95-91 triumph over the Spartans.
Dixon Tierney (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly), Brisco Wood (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke), Zach Ball (diving) and Cole Case (100 backstroke) were first-place finishers.
Mt. Vernon hosts Shelbyville Jan. 5.
Royals swept by Centerville
Eastern Hancock lost both of its dual meet matches to Centerville Tuesday, with the girls losing 108-46 and the boys falling 87-67.
Deven Grose broke the EH record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:11.40.
The Royals welcome Liberty Christian on Jan. 8.
Eastern Hancock 46, Cambridge City Lincoln 41
Hannah Best scored the Royals’ last 11 points as EH survived Cambridge City Lincoln Tuesday for its fourth straight win.
Best’s 3-pointer with 45 seconds left put the Royals up for good. The junior finished with 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting and added five rebounds.
Kiersten Schrope had 10 points, six assists and five steals for her fourth consecutive contest with at least 10 points and five assists.
“I told the girls after the game that they are a special team because they never quit regardless of what is happening during the game. We battled the entire fourth quarter, fell behind 40-39, but didn’t quit,” EH coach Jeremy Powers said. “I have coached a lot of teams, but this team is different because they don’t quit and keep fighting. This will definitely help them as we go through the season.”
Eastern Hancock (8-3) travels to Class A No. 8 Southwestern (9-1), also a Mid-Hoosier Conference foe, on Friday.
Connersville 37, Greenfield-Central 30
The Cougars dropped a road game to a common sectional opponent Tuesday.
G-C lost a 13-11 halftime lead and notched its lowest scoring output of the season.
Emily Koers scored 11 points to lead the Cougars, with Shelby Oldham (nine) and Sara Jones (six) backing her up.
G-C (3-7) is at Lebanon (8-2) Friday.