The New Palestine girls basketball team used a big third quarter Wednesday to pull away to a 67-53 victory over host Greenwood.
The Dragons improved to 2-0 on the season with the emphatic road win. Four Dragons scored in double-figures in a balanced effort. The Dragons shot 63 percent for the game – hitting 26-of-41 from the floor – including a scorching 15-of-19 in the second half.
Emma Grable hit 4-of-6 from the 3-point line to score 16 points. She also had five rebounds, as NP outrebounded the hosts 37-28. Haley Harrison added 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting, and also had five assists and three boards. Leah Seib scored 12, hitting 4-of-7 from the floor. She had seven rebounds. Katie Herron added 10 points and eight boards, hitting 5-of-5 from the floor.
NP trailed for much of the first half, falling behind by seven points midway through the second, but finished the half on an 11-4 run to take a 30-27 edge into the break.
The Dragons then used an 18-2 third-quarter run to build the lead to 19, at 57-38. Grable scored eight points, including two 3-pointers, in the run. Seib had six points, including a three-point play that pushed the lead to 13. Haley Harrison and Tatum Biddle also had baskets in that spurt. NP’s defense was also strong, holding the hosts to 1-for-10 shooting during that stretch while shooting 7-for-8. NP outscored Greenwood 27-14 in the third quarter.
NP hit some big shots in the fourth to keep the lead at double-digits, with Eliza Adams’ three-point play pushing the lead to 60-45 with 4:26 left. Harrison knocked in two buckets to push the lead into double-digits – the last coming after Greenwood had cut the lead to nine with a minute to go.
In addition to the four double-figure scorers, Tatum Biddle had five points, three assists and six rebounds. Megan Jolly added five points, three assists and two steals. Adams had three points and three boards. Michaela Jones scored two points and Emily Newcomb scored one.
Leah Moore led three Greenwood double-figure scorers with 15 points. NP held the hosts to 34 percent shooting, at 21-of-61.
The Dragon JV fell 53-46.
The Dragons next play Saturday at Southport, with the JV game starting at 6 p.m. and the varsity to follow.