Boys Varsity Basketball, Girls Varsity Basketball · Hoops preview: Dragons vs. G-C & Westfield

Game info
Friday: Greenfield-Central at New Palestine

  • Girls varsity 6 p.m., boys varsity 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Promotions: #BrodyStrong night during both games, Dragons Sports Fair from 5-6 p.m. Meet coaches & players and learn about NPHS sports. Elementary students who attend the sports fair receive free admission.
  • Also: Tickets for the Dragons’ Jan. 13 boys/girls games at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum will be on sale at both weekend games and in the athletic office during school hours. They are $10 in advance.

Saturday: Westfield at New Palestine

  • Boys JV 6 p.m., varsity 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Promotions: Future Stars night. All Future Stars players receive free admission and will be recognized at halftime.
  • Note: New Pal Radio will not broadcast this weekend’s games due to an unforeseen circumstance. We apologize for the inconvenience and will next broadcast Friday, Dec. 15 with the NPHS boys at New Castle. 

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Game previews

Boys basketball: New Palestine Dragons (3-0)
vs. Greenfield-C. Cougars (1-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8
vs. Westfield Shamrocks (1-2), 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9

Off to its best start in 21 years, the New Palestine boys basketball team has a special opener tonight as the Dragons take on Greenfield-Central.

Tonight is Brody Strong night, as the Dragons honor Brody Stephens, a member of the New Palestine community and basketball family who inspired us all. Donations for the Brody Strong fund will be collected at the game. Fans are also encouraged to bring donations of Legos and pre-packaged snacks for Riley Hospital for Children.

The Dragons open HHC play and their home schedule after a successful start on the road. NP has victories over Richmond, Shenandoah and Rushville to start the season 3-0.

In both of last weekend’s games, the Dragons used big mid-game runs to seize control. NP started the second half Friday with an 11-0 run in a 55-41 victory over 2A No. 6 Shenandoah, the team’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2014. Junior Matthew True scored 21 points and grabbed four rebounds. Sophomore guard Maximus Gizzi had 14 points, four rebounds and four assists. Junior forward Dylan Romine added five boards and sophomore forward Dawson Eastes scored seven points.

In Saturday’s game at Rushville, NP took over with a 20-0 run that bridged halftime and put the Dragons up double digits in a 52-42 victory.

Gizzi scored 18 points, hitting 9-of-11 from the line, and added seven rebounds and six assists. True tallied 14, scoring nine of the Dragons’ first 12 points and draining four 3-pointers. He also had six boards. Romine had nine points.

Girls basketball: New Palestine Dragons (8-0, 3-0)
vs. Greenfield-C. Cougars (2-6, 1-0), 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8

The New Palestine girls basketball team begins its rivalry week tonight, as it faces the first of two intra-county rivals in a four-day span.

The Dragons meet Greenfield-Central in the first half of a doubleheader tonight. On Dec. 12, the Dragons will host Mt. Vernon.

The Dragons are off to their best start in school history, tying the 1988-89 and 1993-94 teams with an 8-0 record. Head coach Sarah Gizzi was a member of the 1993-94 team.

They’ve done so through a tough schedule that has seen them beat three Conference Indiana squads, as well as start 3-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

A big reason why is a veteran squad that returns four starters from the 17-7 squad from 2016-17. Forward Leah Seib is averaging 14.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest. She tied her career high on back-to-back Saturdays with 19-point games against Perry Meridian and Delta. Guard Megan Jolly totals 11.1 points and 3.6 assists per game. She led the Dragons down the stretch in a victory at New Castle, in which she scored 13 points. The Dragons are getting good balance throughout the lineup. Guard Haley Harrison tallies 7.4 points per game, while forward Katie Herron is totaling 5.3 points and 5.8 boards per contest.

Defensively, NP has held three straight opponents below 40 points, moving to 3-0 in the conference Tuesday with a 52-29 win over Shelbyville. Jolly tallied 11 of her 13 points in the opening half as NP took control with a 16-0 first-half run. She also had four assists and four steals. Harrison added 10 points, whlle Emma Grable scored nine and Seib tallied eight points and eight rebounds.