Royals clinch share of MEC title


Staff report

With an impressive 63-28 road victory at Daleville Thursday, Eastern Hancock’s girls basketball team clinched a share of the Mid-Eastern Conference title.

The Royals are 8-0 in the MEC and 17-3 overall.

Camryn Andrus and Emma Bolding scored 14 points each. Nine different Royals got in the scoring column. Andrus hit four 3-pointers. Ruby White scored nine points, all in the third quarter.

The Royals jumped out to a 15-9 first-quarter lead and extended it to 38-17 by halftime. They led 57-20 going into the final eight minutes.

Eastern Hancock can become outright league champions Tuesday in the conference finale, at home, against Randolph Southern (12-5, 6-2). Daleville dropped to 2-16 and 0-8 in the MEC.

Dragons defeat Mohawks

New Palestine’s girls basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 70-39 victory at Waldron Thursday.

Isabella Gizzi led New Pal with 26 points. She was 7 of 7 at the free-throw line. Allie Blum scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Sadey Hughbanks scored nine on 9 of 10 free-throw attempts.

New Palestine led 13-2 after the opening period and pulled away in the second, outscoring Waldron 28-16. The Dragons had a 59-27 advantage heading into the final period.

The Dragons improved to 9-10 on the season. They will face Southport, at home, Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Boys wrestling

Dragons win final dual

In the regular-season finale at Greenwood, New Palestine’s boys wrestling team defeated the Woodmen 54-29 Thursday.

New Palestine won six matches by fall and three by forfeit.

Jaedyn Jeffries (152), Gabe Flick (160), Gavin Wilcher (170), Shaun Glass (195), Gunner Butt (106) and Cole Vandygriff (113) all collected pins.

Four pins came in the first period. Vandygriff (:27), Glass (:37) and Wilcher (:41) all won in the first minute of their matches.

Butt won by fall in 1:11. Flick had to go overtime to get his fall, pinning his Greenwood opponent in 6:35. Jeffries pin came at the 3:05 mark.

Bryce Doss (120), Tyler Lavin (126) and Brandon Brees (182) all won by forfeit.

The Dragons will compete in the Warren Central Sectional next Saturday, Jan. 28.