The New Palestine girls basketball team won its third straight game Thursday, leading from wire-to-wire in a 47-38 victory over Beech Grove.
Junior guard Emma Laughlin scored a career-high 19 points and had eight steals, while sophomore guard Haley Stratman scored 12.
The win gave the Dragons an 8-8 record, and marked their first three-game winning streak since Jan. 12-21, 2012.
The Dragons outscored the Hornets 13-2 in the opening quarter. In the game, New Palestine held Beech Grove (5-11) to 28 percent shooting and forced 22 turnovers.
“The girls really started the game well ... and once again it was our defense that keyed that run,” NP coach Brian Kehrt said. “The girls are starting to play with much more confidence, and we had a great game from Emma.”
Raegan McMurray added seven points and a team-high five rebounds for the Dragons (8-8). Mary Crumlin had a career-high five points and three boards off the bench. Gia Nitschke added two points, three assists, two boards and four steals, while Katlyn Keele had four rebounds.
The Dragons, just 3-18 a year ago, are within reach of the program’s first winining season since 2004-05.
“Although our goals go beyond wins and losses, the girls are excited about being .500,” said Kehrt, in his first season. “Now our girls are getting hungry for wins and want to be the first team in nine years to finish above the .500 mark.
“I am not sure if that is possible with the difficulty of our schedule, but right now I wouldn’t put anything past these kids. They’re really played well.”
Lizzie Giller led Bech Grove with 11 points and six boards. Bre Hurt had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists.
The 4A Dragons were scheduled to begin a three-game road swing today at 3A No. 4 Rushville (13-3), but it was postponed by weather concerns.
Greenfield-Central 43, Beech Grove 31
The Greenfield-Central wrestling team scored a dual meet win at Beech Grove Thursday evening.
Shawn Fogle (152 pounds), Travis Gibson (170) and Cameron Nuckols (182) picked up wins by fall for the Cougars (14-7).
Taylor Wright (126) and Cole Moore (132) won by technical fall, while Riley Fletcher (120) and Tyler Beeson (HWT) won by forfeit.
G-C won the JV match 26-6.
Dragons sweep Rushville, Scecina
New Palestine topped Rushville and Scecina in a 3-way meet Thursday at New Pal Natatorium.
On the girls side, the Dragons (177 points) outdistanced Scecina (77) and Rushville (43). The boys scored 159 points, topping Scecina (55) and Rushville (47).
Kayla Jameson was an individual double-winner for the New Palestine girls in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
Other winners were Tricia Roberson (200 individual medley), Leah Bare (50 freestyle), Shannon Jones (diving), Grace Hornsby (100 free), Erin Trimpe (500 free) and Megan Young (100 breaststroke).
Trimpe and Addison Virt were part of three relay winners — teaming with Rachel Wineman and Grace Hornsby in the 200 medley relay, joining Kenzie Wells and Wineman in the 200 free relay; and combining with Wells and Claire Hornsby in the 400 free relay.
“This was an opportunity for us to see some swimmers perform outside their primary events. Performances were, for the most part, strong and focused,” NP coach Steve Maxwell said.
As for the Dragons boys, David Thompson took home first-place honors in the 100 free and 100 backstroke.
Other victors were Grant Gish (50 free), Conner Page (diving), Joey Rogers (100 butterfly) and Chase Crowder (100 breaststroke).
Jake Mitchell was part of three relay winners. He teamed with Chris Dodd, Kelley Murphy and Gish in the 200 medley relay; with Thompson, Michael O’Leary and Parker Horn in the 200 free relay, and with Gish, Todd Horn and Thompson in the 400 free relay.
“We are beginning to channel all our efforts toward sectional now, and although we have a few dual meets remaining, everyone understands we have to clean up strokes and fine-tune starts and turns,” Maxwell said.
Cougars double up Shelbyville
Greenfield-Central took two from host Shelbyville Thursday in a dual meet with the girls team winning 133-42 and the boys prevailing 136-43.
For the girls, Holly Curry was a part of three wins (200 medley relay, 100 free, 400 free relay).
Kylie Smith (200 medley relay, 200 IM), Ashley Finney (100 butterfly, 400 free relay) and Erin Kile (200 free relay, 100 backstroke) were double winners.
Kaylee Rumfelt (diving), Sarah Zornes (500 free) and Krista Zornes (100 breaststroke) won individually, while Hannah Reynolds, Hannah Walden, Taylor Young, Taylor Cermak, Jessica Ensign, Kortney Hodnett and Miranda Mazza contributed to relay victories.
On the boys side, Drew Logan (200 medley relay, 500 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay) and Jordan Cermak (200 free, 100 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay) won all four events they entered.
Allen Forbes (200 medley relay, 200 free relay), Justin Miller (200 medley relay, 100 breaststroke), Isaak Tow (200 medley relay, 200 IM), Jacob Keener (100 backstroke, 400 free relay) and Spencer Young (100 butterfly, 400 free relay) were double winners.
Nathan Graber won the 1-meter diving event, while A.J. Shelton was a part of the victorious 200 free relay.
Marauders split with Pendleton
Thursday, Pendleton Heights defeated the Mt. Vernon girls squad 102-84, but the Marauder boys prevailed 119-67.
For the MV girls, Maddie Powell (200 IM, 100 butterfly), Haley Moore (50 free) and Gloria Gonzales (100 backstroke) won.
Winners for the MV boys were Dixon Tierney (200 free, 100 butterfly), Cole Case (200 IM, 100 backstroke), Ethan Park (50, 100 free) and Zane Smith (100 breaststroke).
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