Eastern Hancock held off a strong rally by Northeastern to come away with a 50-47 home victory Thursday.
Timely free throws by Hannah Best and Kristin Eischen sealed the win for the Royals, who were up 37-25 entering the fourth quarter.
“I am very proud of all 10 of my girls as they really responded from a tough loss Tuesday evening to pull out a victory,” said EH coach Jeremy Powers, whose squad moved to 4-0 at home. “Every single girl gave something positive on the floor, contributed offensively and defensively and played together nicely as a team.”
Kiersten Schrope notched a double-double (11 points, 12 rebounds) and added five assists and three blocks.
Best led EH in scoring with 12 points. Kaytlin Eastes contributed with 10 points and eight rebounds.
“These girls have really responded this season when their backs have been against the wall. They come to practice after a loss and are always finding ways to get better,” Powers said. “I can’t say enough about these 10 girls. I am very proud of all of them.”
The Royals (5-3) host Lapel (5-0) Tuesday.
Mt. Vernon sweeps Hagerstown
The Marauders came away with a pair of sizable wins Thursday at Hagerstown.
The MV girls team won 123-59, netting first-place finishes from Samantha Gawrys (200 freestyle), Caitlin Grandstaff (200 individual medley), Haley Moore (50 freestyle, 100 backstroke), Micaela Elmore (100 butterfly), Ciara Tyndall (500 freestyle) and Gloria Gonzales (100 breaststroke).
As for the boys, the Marauders prevailed 141-27.
Winners for the Marauders were Brisco Wood (200, 500 freestyle), Michael Bauchert (200 individual medley), Dixon Tierney (50 freestyle, 100 backstroke), Zach Ball (diving), Cole Case (100 butterfly) and Daniel Majors (100 freestyle).
Mt. Vernon is at Hamilton Heights today.
Dragons split with Eagles
The New Palestine girls swimming and diving team bested host Delta Thursday, 109-77.
Erin Trimpe prevailed in four events for the Dragons, winning the 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Other NP individual winners were Katie Mustard (200 freestyle), Emily Trimpe (50 freestyle), Shannon Jones (diving) and Megan Prosser (100 backstroke).
The 200 medley relay team (Lily Horn, Erin Trimpe, Emily Trimpe, Addison Virt), 200 freestyle relay (Virt, Prosser, Rachel Wineman, Mustard) and 400 freestyle relay (Emily Trimpe, Mustard, Kenzie Wells and Erin Trimpe) also prevailed.
The boys team lost to Delta 114-70.
Victors for the Dragons were Grant Gish (50, 100 freestyle), Luke Steigerwalt (100 butterfly — missing his lifetime best by 0.33 seconds) and Chris Dodd (100 breaststroke).
New Palestine is at the East Central relays today.
Cougars girls tie, boys win HHC opener
The Greenfield-Central girls swimming and diving team tied visiting Pendleton Heights at 93 Thursday.
First-place finishers were Carly Fernandes (200 individual medley, 100 backstroke), Taylor Johnson (50 freestyle, 100 butterfly) and the 200 medley relay team of Fernandes, Olivia Stirn, Johnson and Taylor Cermak.
“The girls did a great job of swimming hard through the whole meet,” said G-C girls coach Emily Logan, whose group is now 4-2-1 on the season.
On the boys side, the Cougars improved to 4-0 with a 113-72 conquest of the Arabians.
Drew Logan (200, 500 freestyle), Bailey Willoughby (200 individual medley, 100 backstroke), Patrick Stutz (100 freestyle) and the 400 freestyle relay of Cody Wilburn, Willoughby, AJ Shelton and Nathan Graber scored wins.
G-C is at Mt. Vernon Tuesday.
EH falls at Shelbyville
The Royals came up short in a road contest Thursday at Shelbyville, 45-24.
EH got first-period pins from Nathan Kell (132), Matt Bowman (160) and Josh Ramage (195).
Brandon Ray (152, 8-7) and Kenny Delph (182, 5-3) had wins by decision.
The Royals (5-8) are at the Wapahani Raider Rumble on Dec. 15.