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Prep Wrap: New Pal girls hoops cruises to first win

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The New Palestine girls basketball team scored the game’s first 37 points and forced 37 turnovers to garner its initial victory of the season Tuesday, a 77-16 decision against visiting Arlington.

The Dragons shot 46 percent (31-of-67) from the field while limiting the Golden Knights to a 6-for-39 (15 percent) mark.

NP also sported a 50-23 rebounding margin over Arlington.

Gia Nitschke (15 points, seven rebounds, four steals), Haley Stratman (12 points, three rebounds), Emma Laughlin (eight points, five assists, three steals), Adie Lorsung (eight points, five rebounds, three assists, four steals) and Natalie Kehrt (nine rebounds, six assists) contributed for the Dragons.

Stratman and Laughlin equaled their career highs in scoring, while Nitschke and Lorsung set career bests.

NP (1-3) begins a span of five straight Hoosier Heritage Conference games Saturday at Delta (1-2).

Girls basketball

Eastern Hancock 67, South Decatur 47

The Royals garnered their first-ever Mid-Hoosier Conference win behind a career-high 30 points from Hannah Best on Tuesday.

Best finished 11-of-18 from the floor, including 7-of-12 from 3. The 12 3-point attempts tied a school record set by Jennifer Bynum in 2001.

“Hannah shot the ball tremendously well tonight, (she) wasn’t afraid to take the shot and it allowed us to do a lot of different things offensively,” EH coach Jeremy Powers said. “Hannah has really improved as a basketball player and it is beginning to show on the court.”

Kiersten Schrope was active in all facets for EH, finishing with 16 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and six steals. Kristin Eischen had four points and eight rebounds.

The Royals finished 10-of-23 from 3, tying a school record for three-point makes set by four previous EH squads.

“This was a great effort by our girls. They were very scrappy on both ends of the court, looked for each other on the offensive end and really bought into playing defense in the second half,” Powers said. “The girls needed this game for confidence and (to) help bounce back.”

EH (3-2) is at Union County (0-3) Saturday.

Mt. Vernon 61, Muncie Central 36

The Marauders bounced back from their first loss of the season with a resounding road win Tuesday.

Rachel Houck (14 points, eight steals, seven assists), Erica Moore (18 points, eight rebounds), Sydney Shelton (nine points, four steals) and Krista Shockley (eight points) paced MV.

The Marauders led 33-22 at the break and limited Muncie Central to 14 second-half points.

MV (4-1) is at Pendleton Heights (5-0) Saturday.

Ariana Sandefur scored 10 points to lead the Mt. Vernon JV team to victory.


G-C splits with Noblesville

The Greenfield-Central boys swimming and diving team improved to 2-0 on the season by edging Noblesville 94-92 Tuesday.

Individual winners were Nathan Graber (diving), Josh Cummins (100 butterfly), Patrick Stutz (100 freestyle) and Bailey Willoughby (100 backstroke).

The 200 medley relay team of Willoughby, Stutz, Cummins and Graber, as well as the 400 freestyle relay team of Drew Logan, Cody Wilburn, Willoughby and Stutz, also prevailed.

“The boys fought out a nail-biter. This was a tough meet from start to finish. The boys paid attention to the details the second half of the meet to really pull this meet back into their grasp,” G-C boys coach Mark Logan said. “(I’m) very proud of their effort for an overall great win.”

The girls team was defeated by Noblesville 138-48 to fall to 4-1 on the year.

Taylor Johnson (100 butterfly) and Carly Fernandes (100 backstroke) were individual winners for the Cougars.

“The girls did a nice job of swimming solid races all night. We were down four swimmers and a diver due to illness and various reasons,” G-C girls coach Emily Logan said. “Noblesville is a tough opponent and the girls did a nice job of staying focused on their races.”

Both teams are at New Castle today.

MV girls win, boys fall vs. Warren Central

The Mt. Vernon girls swimming and diving team moved to 2-0 in dual meets by topping Warren Central 130-55 Tuesday.

Winners for the Marauders were Gloria Gonzales (200, 100 freestyle), Maddie Powell (50 freestyle), Emily McKinney (diving), Haley Moore (100 butterfly), Olivia Shannon (500 freestyle) and Caitlin Grandstaff (100 backstroke).

The boys team was felled by Warren Central, 99-87.

Victors for MV were Dixon Tierney (200, 500 freestyle), Zach Ball (diving) and Cole Case (100 backstroke).

Both MV teams are at Delta today.

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