Prep Roundup: Royals keep streak going, win sixth straight


CHARLOTTESVILLE — The Eastern Hancock girls basketball team kept its winning streak going on Tuesday night.

Led by junior Grace Stapleton’s team-high 20 points, the host Royals defeated visiting North Decatur, 66-48, to win their sixth straight game. Eastern Hancock last lost on the road at Triton Central, 50-41, on Nov. 13. The Royals are now 5-0 at home.

Against North Decatur, the Royals had three players reach double figures, including Sammie Bolding with 16 points and Emma Bolding with 11. Caroline Stapleton added eight, while Ruby White had four points and five rebounds.

Grace Stapleton shot 8 of 11 from the field and was 4-for-7 from 3-point range. She hauled in a team-high seven rebounds, dished out two assists and had three steals.

Sammie Bolding finished 6-for-6 from the free-throw line with three assists and four steals.

The Royals converted 9 of 11 free throws, shot 50 percent from the field and were 9 of 18 from 3-point range. Sammie Bolding buried a pair, Caroline Stapleton had two and Olivia Hancock supplied another.

The Royals are now 9-1 on the season and 4-0 in the Mid-Eastern Conference. They return to the court at Lapel on Tuesday, Dec. 14 for a 7:30 p.m. varsity contest.

Dragons drop HHC game

The New Palestine girls basketball team lost a 39-29 decision Tuesday at home to Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Shelbyville.

The loss dropped the Dragons’ record to 6-4 and 1-2 in conference play.

The Dragons fell behind 10-4 early, but Rachel Kelley led an 11-point first-half run that gave the Dragons a 15-11 edge. Kelley scored eight points in the spurt, while Isabella Gizzi hit three free throws.

Shelbyville rallied with eight points on its final four possessions of the half to take a 19-15 lead at halftime, then extended the lead to seven with an early 3-pointer in the third quarter.

Again, the Dragons rallied, going on a 10-2 run to take a 25-24 lead. Alaina Miller hit two shots, while Isabella Gizzi, Taylor Kelley and Rachel Kelley hit one each in the run. But Shelbyville hit a late basket to re-take the lead, then outscored the Dragons 13-4 in the fourth quarter.

Rachel Kelley led the Dragons with 12 points. Alaina Miller added eight, Gizzi seven and Taylor Kelley two. Shelbyville was led by 11 points from Madison Bassett.

Swimming and Diving

Marauders sweep past Dragons

The Mt. Vernon boys and girls swimming and diving teams scored a rivalry sweep on Tuesday night over visiting New Palestine.

The Marauders boys defeated the Dragons 123-60, while the Marauders girls won 114-61.

For the MV girls, the win marked their first of the season as they claimed 10 of 12 events.

Emme Grubbs won the 200-yard IM and 100 butterfly. Annelise Hiner was first in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. Riley Nielsen was first in diving. Calista Smith won the 500 free. Ila Boston took first in the 100 breaststroke.

MV’s relay event wins were in the 200 medley (Hiner, Boston, Grubbs, Ava Crouch), 200 free (Smith, Boston, Alex Biggs, Maddie Meyer) and 400 free (Meyer, Hiner, Grubbs, Smith).

The MV boys captured 11 of 12 events led by a trio of double individual-event winners. Matthew Garey won both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Caleb Strege was first in the 200 and 500 free. Brady Gray won the 50 and 100 free.

Camden Cave was first in the 100 butterfly. Ethan Murphy won the 100 backstroke. Braden Thomas won the diving competition.

MV’s relay wins came in the 200 medley (Murphy, Cave, Garey, Gray) and 200 free (Gray, Murphy, Garey, Strege).

Winners for the Dragons included: Katelyn Trimpe in the 200 free and Rachel Hamilton in the 100 backstroke for the girls.

For the Dragons’ boys, Liam Fuller, Dawson Lynch, Dontae Thompson and Ben Miesse teamed to take first in the 400 free relay.


Cougars take down Dragons

The Greenfield-Central wrestling team defended its home mats on Tuesday night, taking down rival New Palestine, 48-27.

The Cougars won 10 matches with five by fall and another by technical fall at 170 pounds by Chase Gardner. G-C’s pinfalls went to JJ Harlow (132), Zeke Holden (145), Clay Guenin (160), Brady Durnell (182) and Brayden Flener (285).

G-C’s Lincoln Parson (113) scored a 12-8 decision. Matt Wickham (138) won by major decision 14-3. Josh VanOsdol (152) recorded a 17-5 major decision. The Cougars were handed a forfeit at 126.

The Dragons won five of the first six matches, as Jacob Tweedy (195), Juan Camacho (220) and Cole Vandygriff (106) all won by fall and Bryce Doss won with a 12-9 decision at 113.

Chris Bullock then followed with a win by fall at 120. The Cougars then won the next eight matches to win the dual.