The New Palestine girls basketball team dropped a 49-37 decision Saturday to Southport.
The visiting Cardinals used a 14-2 run in the second half to turn what was a tie game into a 40-28 advantage in the closing minutes.
What had been a back-and-forth game in the first half remained so, as NP took its last lead a minute into the second half on Haley Harrison’s 3-pointer. After Southport scored five straight, Leah Seib sandwiched two shots around a basket by Megan Jolly and two Southport free throws to knot things up at 26-26. A three-point play by 6-3 Southport center Jaelencia Williams gave the visitors the lead for good. It was followed by a steal-and-score, another three-point play by Williams and a 3-point basket by Lexie Green, which pushed the Cardinals’ lead to double digits.
The Dragons were led by sophomore guard Haley Harrison, who had nine points, five rebounds and five steals, playing all 32 minutes. Sophomore guard Megan Jolly had six points and two rebounds. Junior Emma Grable added five points. Freshman Jordan Reid had four points and three boards, sophomore Leah Seib and four points and four assists, while senior Raegan McMurray had four points and a team-high six rebounds.
Williams and Emma DeHart led Southport with 15 points each. NP held Southport to 36 percent shooting (17-of-46), but the Draogns shot 34 percent (13-of-38).
The Dragons are now 1-2 on the season and next play Tuesday at Franklin Central, beginning a three-game road stretch.
The Dragon JV also fell to Southport 41-29.