Girls Junior Varsity Basketball, Girls Varsity Basketball · GBB: Dragons hold off Tigers

The New Palestine girls basketball team got off to a strong start and led from wire-to-wire to beat the Yorktown Tigers 43-32 in a Hoosier Heritage Conference matchup Saturday at NPHS.

The Dragons scored the game’s first six points, and got a big 3-pointer at the first-quarter horn from Haley Stratman to take a 12-6 lead after one. The lead stayed at six at halftime and after three — 23-17 and 32-26. Carly Hackler hit a long 3-pointer at the end of the half to give the Dragons that same six-point lead.

In the fourth, Raegan McMurray’s three-point play midway through the period gave NP a 37-26 lead, the first double-digit lead of the night, and the Dragons never looked back.

McMurray led the way offensively with 12 points. She also had eight rebounds. Carly Hackler had 10 points and three boards. Emma Laughlin had six points and eight assists. Gia Nitschke also had six points and five boards. Stratman had five points and four rebounds.

The Dragons shot 17-of-37 from the floor, including 8-of-16 in the second half. They held Yorktown to just 6-of-18 shooting after the break and 14-of-38 overall.

The Dragons (4-6, 3-3 HHC) next play on Dec. 30 in the New Palestine Invitational. They will host Greensburg at 10 a.m., with Tri-West set to play Shortridge at noon. The consolation game is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the title game at 4 p.m.

The Dragon JV also won 42-24.