The New Palestine girls basketball team used a stellar defensive effort and 53 percent shooting Tuesday to beat Franklin Central 52-20.
The Dragons jumped out to a 14-2 lead after a quarter and extended it to 30-10 at halftime and 44-14 after three.
NP shot 16-of-30 from the floor, including 63 percent (7-11) in the second half. The Dragons were also 17-of-23 from the line.
Raegan McMurray led the Dragons with a season-high 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting and 8-of-9 from the line. She also had five boards. Haley Stratman added 13 points, drilling three 3-pointers. Natalie Kehrt added eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, and also had four rebounds and a blocked shot. Kalyn Keele had four points, two assists and four rebounds, Haley Harrison had three points and three boards. Katie Herron had two points, five rebounds and two assists. Lillie Cain, Megan Jolly and Emma Grable scored two each. Carly Hackler had four rebounds and a team-high three assists and two steals.
The Dragons outrebounded FC 31-18, including 14-3 in the second half. They held the Flashes to just 5-of-32 shooting (15 percent) from the floor.
NP is now 2-2 on the season. The Dragons next play Saturday at home against Scecina, with a 1 p.m. JV/2:30 p.m. varsity tipoff.
The Dragon JV also won 29-26.