The New Palestine girls basketball team opened the season with a historic defensive effort Thursday in a 54-10 victory over Connersville.
The Dragons held the Spartans without a field goal for the first 14:28, and allowed Connersville just 3-of-26 shooting in the game. The 10 points allowed tied a school record for fewest points allowed by a Dragon team, equaling an 88-10 win over Morton Memorial in 1975-76, the program’s second year.
Meanwhile, the Dragons shot the ball well, building an 18-1 lead through the first quarter and a half and going ahead 27-8 at halftime. NP then shut out the Spartans in the third quarter to take a 42-8 lead going into the final period.
Senior Haley Stratman hit five 3-pointers to lead the Dragons with 15 points. Senior Carly Hackler added eight, hitting both of her 3-point attempts, and both of her free throws. Reagan McMurray added seven points, on 3-of-3 shooting from the floor. Lillie Cain also scored seven, all in the fourth quarter. Natalie Kehrt added five points.
The Dragons hit 19-of-36 from the floor (52 percent), including 8-of-13 from 3-point range (61 percent). NP was also 8-of-11 from the line (72 percent).
The Dragons outrebounded Connersville 25-19, with Emma Grable grabbing five boards. McMurray, Katlyn Keele and Katie Herron had three steals each, as the Dragons forced 24 turnovers.
The Dragons are next in action Tuesday at Greenwood with a 6 p.m. JV start and a 7:30 p.m. varsity start. The next home game is Nov. 17 against Franklin Central.
The Dragon JV also won 44-18.