The New Palestine girls basketball team built a halftime lead, but dropped a 54-38 decision to Greenfield-Central Friday at NPHS.
NP used a 15-6 second quarter to take a 23-20 halftime lead, roaring ahead when Raegan McMurray tallied a three-point play with 3:45 left in the half to cap a 7-0 run. After a G-C basket, Natalie Kehrt hit a 3-pinter and Carly Hackler followed with a free throw to put the Dragons up three, which they held at halftime.
McMurray scored on the Dragons’ first possession of the second half, but NP was held to 1-of-14 shooting the rest of the game, allowing G-C to take the lead and pull ahead 40-28 after three, outscoring the Dragons 20-5 in the quarter. Katlyn Keele, Haley Harrison and McMurray hit six straight free throws and McMurray a basket to cut the Dragons’ deficit to 42-36 with 4:45 left, but G-C scored on its next three possessions to push its advantage back to double figures.
McMurray led the Dragons with 17 points, hitting 3-of-5 from the floor and 11-of-12 from the line. Kehrt added seven points and six rebounds. Keele had six points, including 4-of-4 from the line, and three boards. Carly Hackler had three points, two assists and nine rebounds. Haley Stratman also had three points and two boards, and Harrison scored two.
The Dragons got to the line often, hitting 20-of-24 from the stripe, but G-C’s 48 percent shooting in the second half was key. The Cougars shot 21-of-52 for the game, while the Dragons hit 8-of-28 from the floor.
Madison Wise led G-C with 19 points and eight rebounds.
The Dragons are now 6-4 on the season and 2-2 in HHC play. They next play Tuesday at home against Mt. Vernon, with a 6 p.m. JV tipoff.