The New Palestine girls basketball team won the New Palestine Invitational title Tuesday afternoon, beating Tri-West 44-37 in the championship game.
The Dragons improved to 6-6 on the season, having won three straight games, and snapped Tri-West’s 10-game winning streak. The Bruins are now 10-2.
NP trailed for the first three quarters, but took the lead early in the fourth and never looked back, outscoring the Bruins 16-8 in the final eight minutes. Carly Hackler hit a long shot to put the Dragons up 30-29 on the quarter’s first possession — the Dragons’ first lead of the game. After a Tri-West free throw, Haley Stratman hit a 3-pointer and followed it up with a putback — sandwiched around two Bruin free throws — to put NP up 35-32.
Gia Nitschke made it 37-33 with a shot midway through the quarter, and another big basket by Raegan McMurray kept the lead at five, at 39-34, with 2:40 left. The Dragons were 5-for-7 from the line down the stretch and 12-of-15 in the game. NP shot 60 percent (9-15) in the second half.
McMurray led the Dragons with 11 points and four rebounds. Nitschke added eight points and three assists. Hackler and Stratman scored seven each. Hackler added five boards.
The New Palestine girls basketball team posted a stellar defensive effort in a 37-25 victory over Greensburg in the afternoon round of the inaugural New Palestine Invitational.
Emma Laughlin had 10 points and six rebounds. Haley Stratman added 10 points and seven rebounds, including two back-to-back 3-pointers in the second half after Greensburg had cut the Dragons’ nine-point lead to two. Gia Nitschke had seven points. Raegan McMurray had six points and five rebounds.
Tri-West defeated Shortridge 49-44 in the second semifinal.
Greensburg (9-5) won the consolation game 61-56 over Shortridge (2-6)