NEW PALESTINE — Having dropped its last five games and with a ranked team waiting in the other locker room, no one could have blamed New Palestine’s boys basketball squad for being concerned.
But nights like Saturday are why the Dragons have someone like Connor Roach on their side.
Roach put his leadership skills to use both before and during NP’s 51-46 stunner over Class 4A-No. 8 Mooresville, in which the Dragons finally had a hard-fought effort against a solid foe go their way.
The senior forward not only led NP (7-7) with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but also had a huge 3-point play as well as advice for his teammates.
“Connor Roach, I’m as proud as I can be for that kid,” NP coach Adam Barton said. “For anybody that goes through a slump, you start to worry about that locker room, kids who have their heads down. Connor talked to those guys (before the game) and he stepped up in a leadership role.”