In a matchup of two one-loss teams, Whiteland had one more run than New Palestine Friday night, as the host Warriors used a fourth-quarter spurt to pull ahead in a 68-63 victory over the Dragons.
New Palestine dropped to 10-2, while host Whiteland improved to 12-1.
After the teams had traded baskets – and the lead – multiple times through the first three quarters, Whiteland used a 9-0 run to start the second half and take a five-point edge. In the fourth, NP’s Megan Jolly scored four straight points to take a 45-44 lead, but the Warriors answered with a 17-4 run to go up 61-49. The Dragons rallied, hitting five 3-pointers in the closing minutes to cut the deficit as close as four.
Four Dragons scored in double-figures. Leah Seib had 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting. She also had five rebounds. Megan Jolly scored 16 points and tied her carer high with eight rebounds. She also had four assists. Her 16 points were one shy of her career high. Jolly scored 10 first-half points, using her speed to get to the hoop and score inside, helping the Dragons build a 34-30 halftime edge.
Haley Harrison hit four 3-pointers and tied her season high with 13 points. Katie Herron had 10 points and six rebounds. Tatum Biddle added seven points, her career high.
Mackenzie Blazek scored 30 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Whiteland. Megan Harlow scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half, hitting three 3-pointers in the key fourth-quarter run.
The Dragons next play Dec. 29 in the Noblesville Tournament. NP opens at 10 a.m. against host Noblesville.
The Dragon JV fell 49-36. Faith Hensel scored nine points and Kinsey Mitchell eight for the Dragons.