The New Palestine girls basketball team pulled away in the closing minutes Tuesday for a 51-44 victory over New Castle.
Senior Raegan McMurray led a strong, balanced Dragon effort with a double-double. She had 19 points and 10 rebounds, playing all but 40 seconds of the contest. McMurray was 11-of-14 from the line. Sophomore Leah Seib had 11 points and five boards, knocking down three big 3-pointers. Guards Megan Jolly and Haley Harrison had eight points each. Harrison also had four assists, Jolly had three boards, two assists and a steal. Emma Grable added three points, two assists and six boards, Jordan Reid had two points.
The Dragons dominated on the glass, out rebounding New Castle 35-15, and shot 53 percent from the floor in the second half, to go along with 11-of-12 free throw shooting. NP was 13-of-16 from the line in the game.
The Dragons held New Castle to 32 percent shooting for the game, including 33 percent in the second half. Cameron Tabor led the Trojans with 18 points, while Olivia Porter had 11.
NP built a seven-point lead on several occasions in the third quarter, led by strong 3-point shooting. A triple by Haley Harrison gave the Dragons a 21-19 halftime edge, and Seib hit two threes and Harrison another to stake NP to leads of 32-25, 35-28 and 37-30. New Castle opened the fourth with an 8-2 run, scoring on its first five possessions, to take a 40-39 lead.
With 3:20 left, McMurray hit two free throws to put NP back on top 41-40, and that gave the Dragons the lead for good. A steal by McMurray led to a basket by Jolly on the ensuing possession. NP’s defense then forced three straight misses by New Castle, and the Dragons put the game away at the line. McMurray was 6-for-6, Jolly 2-for-2 from the stripe in the final minute. NP allowed just four points in the game’s final 3:50 to seize control.
The Dragon JV also won 39-23.
The New Palestine varsity is now 4-3 on the year, having won three straight games. The Dragons are next in action Saturday at Delta. The JV game begins at 1 p.m., followed by the varsity at 2:30 p.m.