The New Palestine girls basketball team held Shelbyville without a field goal for the entire first half Tuesday and led again from wire-to-wire in a 42-20 victory over the Golden Bears.
Haley Stratman buried a 3-pointer on the Dragons’ first possession and followed it up with another to give NP an early 6-2 lead. NP built the lead to 10-2 after a quarter, 15-2 by the midpoint of the second quarter, and ultimately to 20-5 by halftime. The Golden Bears were held without a field goal – 0-for-14 – for the opening half, getting all of their points from the line.
Shelbyville scored its first field goal on the opening possession of the second half, but the Dragons answered with two hoops from Raegan McMurray and a second-chance 3-pointer by Natalie Kehrt to go up 27-7. NP built the lead as high as 28 – at 42-14 – in the final three minutes.
McMurray and Kehrt led the Dragons with 10 points each. McMurray was 4-of-6 from the floor and hit both of her free throws, and also had six assists, four rebounds and three steals. Kehrt was 2-for-4 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the line, also grabbing four boards and a steal. Carly Hackler added seven points on 3-of-4 shooting and two boards. Stratman scored the Dragons’ first six points. Katie Herron added four points, Katlyn Keele three points and three boards, and Haley Harrison two points and two steals.
The Dragons shot 15-of-30 from the floor – 50 percent – and a perfect 8-of-8 from the line. They held Shelbyville to 12 percent shooting for the game, at 4-of-31. NP out rebounded the Golden Bears 20-9.
Taylor Perry led Shelbyville with six points.
The Dragons are now 6-3 overall and 2-1 in Hoosier Heritage Conference play. It’s the team’s best start since the 2003-04 team started the year 7-2. The Dragons are 6-0 at home, having held opponents below 30 points in five of those games.
The Dragon JV also won 45-24 to improve to 9-0 on the season.
The Dragon varsity next plays at 6 p.m. Friday at home against Greenfield-Central in the first half of a boys-girls doubleheader. The JV plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at G-C.