The New Palestine girls basketball team rallied back from a 16-point second-half deficit Tuesday night, but Greenwood was able to stave off the comeback and beat the Dragons 57-51 in NP’s home opener.
The Dragons went on a 15-6 spurt in the third quarter to turn what was a 35-19 deficit into a 41-34 one, keyed by strong defense and six points from Leah Seib, five points – including a 3-pointer – from Megan Jolly, and baskets by Katie Herron and Emma Grable. In the fourth, Herron and Harrison made bak-to-back baskets to cut the deficit to six in the final three minutes, but NP could get no closer.
Two Dragons had double-doubles – Seib tallied 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting and 5-of-8 from the free throw line. She also had 13 rebounds, two assists, a block and two steals. Grable had 10 points, 10 rebounds and a team-high four steals. Katie Herron also tallied 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting, and added six rebounds and two steals. Megan Jolly added six points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Haley Harrison had four points, four assists and a steal. Jordan Reid added five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The Dragons are now 1-1 on the season. They are next in action Saturday against Southport with a 6 p.m. JV start.
The Dragon JV won 34-28 behind 10 points from Tatum Biddle and six from Claire Cherry.