The New Palestine girls basketball team regrouped and rallied Saturday afternoon to beat perennial 4A power Perry Meridian 61-58 in overtime at NPHS.
The Dragons led throughout regulaltion, and led 50-43 with two minutes left, but the Falcons were able to rally and tie the game on a 3-pointer and a running basket in the final 30 seconds to tie the game at 55 and send it into the extra session.
In OT, Natalie Kehrt scored on the Dragons’ first possession, but after an exchange of possessions, Perry’s Brianna Adams hit her third 3-pointer in crunch time, giving the Falcons their first lead of the game at 58-57. On the Dragons’ next possession, NP missed a shot and the Falcons rebounded, but freshman Megan Jolly stole the outlet pass and laid it in to give NP a 59-58 lead. After forcing a turnover, the Dragons held the ball for 45 seconds before Natalie Kehrt hit two free throws with :14 left and the Falcons missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Kehrt led the way for the Dragons offensively with 21 points, including 11-of-14 from the line. She added three rebounds and two steals. Reagan McMurray added 17 points, including 13-of-13 from the stripe, to go with three assists and five rebounds. Haley Stratman hit five 3-pointers and scored 15 points.
Katlyn Keele added two points and five rebounds. Jolly had two points, two assists and four steals. Carly Hackler had four points, four rebounds and three steals.
The Dragons shot 45 percent from the floor (15-33) and 86 percent from the line (26-30). They withstood a Perry Meridian charge that saw the Falcons hit 16-of-24 in the second half (and 23-of-47 for the game). Adams led three Falcons in double-figures with 22 points. Said Hill added 17 and Melody Johnson 12.
The Dragons’ JV also won 37-34.
Next up for the Dragons is a Tuesday game at New Castle, the first of six consecutive games against HHC foes. The next home game is Dec. 5 against Delta.