Daily Reporter staff reports
The New Palestine girls basketball team had one of its strongest defensive efforts of the year Wednesday at New Palestine, but a fourth-quarter rally came up short in a 34-31 loss against Lawrence Central (3-16).
New Palestine (10-10) trailed 27-18 going into the final period and outscored the Bears 13-7 in the quarter, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.
Prior to the game, the Dragons honored current seniors and three-year varsity players Emma Laughlin and Gia Nitschke.
New Palestine closes out its home schedule Saturday against Greenwood (8-11).
The Dragons JV team beat Lawrence Central 46-29.
Dragons take top 3 vs. Cathedral, Morristown
New Palestine’s Regan Elsea, Kate Fee and Tara Morey finished one, two, three in the all-around en route to leading their team to 102 points and a win against Cathedral (79.45) and Morristown (70.725) on Tuesday at New Palestine.
Elsea’s 36.25 all-around score was propped up by event wins in the balance beam (9.35), uneven bars (8.85) and floor exercise (9.05). Fee (34.375) finished second in all those events, while winning the vault (9.05). Morey finished third in the floor, uneven bars and balance beam events and finished third in the vault.
Dragons Bailey Watkins and Taylor Brown came in fifth and sixth.
New Palestine competes again Saturday at home against Noblesville.
Royals boys, girls split 3-team meet
Eastern Hancock’s Kohler Kerber set a new Royals record in the 100 butterfly (102.55) on the way to leading his team to a 1-1 record Wednesday at Hagerstown.
The boys defeated Rushville 76-9 and fell 50-43 against the host Tigers.
Eastern Hancock coach Derek McCormick highlighted Stefano Provenzi (50 freestyle, 100 butterfly), Devan Grose (200 IM), Chris Walton (200 IM) and Tristian Holzhausen (200 and 500 free) as other boys competitors who fared well in Wednesday’s meet.
“The boys had a very solid meet coming out big against the smaller Rushville and coming up just short against Hagerstown,” McCormick said.
The girls shared the same fate as the boys, as they defeated Rushville (54-39) and fell against Hagerstown (75-23).
Hailey Carlton (200 IM and 100 free), Alina Wallau (50 free), Elaina Stenier (100 fly), Tatum Proffitt (100 free, 100 breaststroke) and Alyson Ray (100 backstroke) all performed well, said McCormick.
“The girls had some races tonight where we just did not race (well),” McCormick said. “But I am super confident that will not be the case come sectionals next Thursday.”
The Royals swim again Saturday at the Beech Grove Invite.