The New Palestine girls basketball team dropped a 52-26 decision at New Castle Tuesday in the Dragons’ Hoosier Heritage Conference opener.
NP played solid defensively at the outset, forcing eight turnovers on New Castle’s first 11 possessions in the first 11 minutes of the game, and building a 10-7 lead when Emma Grable, Raegan McMurray and Haley Harrison scored back-to-back baskets to start the second.
From there, the host Trojans went on a 17-0 run in a 10-possession span, hitting 7-of-9 shots, to go ahead 25-10 before McMurray finished the half with two free throws. New Castle extended the lead in the third.
Raegan McMurray led the Dragons with nine points, including 5-of-7 from the line. She also had a team-high four rebounds. Natalie Kehrt also had four rebounds and two assists. Katlyn Keele and Haley Harrison had four points each. Grable and Haley Stratman had three points each. Stratman also had two blocked shots. Carly Hackler had a team-high two assists and three steals.
Samantha Underwood led three Trojans in double figures with 12 points. Laura Thomas and Zoe Curtis had 11 each. New Castle hit 50 percent from the floor – 21-of-42 – and the Dragons shot 23 percent (9-39).
The Dragons are now 4-3 overall and 0-1 in HHC play. They next play Saturday at home against Delta, with a 1 p.m. JV tipoff.
The Dragon JV won 27-25.