Boys Varsity Basketball, Girls Varsity Basketball · Weekend hoops preview: Dragons vs. PH/at Coliseum

Game info
Friday: Pendleton Heights at New Palestine POSTPONED

  • Girls JV/V PPD to Thursday, Jan. 18 (6/7:30 p.m.)
  • Boys JV/V PPD to Saturday, Feb. 3 (1/2:30 p.m.)

Saturday: New Palestine vs. Triton Central (G); New Palestine vs. Mooresville (B)

Girls games notes
Boys game notes

Girls preview

New Palestine Dragons (12-4/5-1), vs. Pendleton Hts. Arabians (10-7/5-1)
6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, New Palestine High School

New Palestine Dragons (12-4) vs. Triton Central Tigers (16-1)
2:20 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, Indiana Farmers Coliseum

The New Palestine Dragons are playing for a chance at hardware Friday night, then head to college on Saturday.

Friday’s game against Pendleton Heights will determine at least a share of the Hoosier Heritage Conference title. It’s the second straight year the Dragons and Arabians have met with a title on the line. NP is seeking its first HHC title since 1994 – when head coach Sarah Gizzi was the Dragons’ leading scorer as a senior. NP has won eight conference titles in its history – four in the Big Blue River, three in the Rangeline and one in the HHC.

On Saturday, the Dragons will head to IUPUI’s homecourt – the Indiana Farmers Coliseum – to face Triton Central. It will be the first game NP has played at a college venue since the 1990-91 season, when NP and TC met at Hinkle Fieldhouse. TC won that matchup 55-42.

The Dragons enter the weekend looking to bounce back from a 52-46 loss to Indian Creek. Leah Seib had 12 points and nine boards for the Dragons. Katie Herron tallied 11 points and eight boards, while Haley Harrison also scored 11 points.

Seib leads the Dragons with a 13.6 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per average, while Megan Jolly tallies 11.0 points and 3.1 assists per contest.

NP had won two straight entering the Indian Creek game, including a 67-14 victory over Herron last Tuesday. The Dragons’ season began with a nine-game winning streak – the longest such streak to start a season in school history.

Boys preview

New Palestine Dragons (6-5/2-1) vs. Pendleton Hts Arabians (7-4/1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, New Palestine High School

 New Palestine Dragons (6-5) vs. Mooresville Pioneers (5-5)
4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, Indiana Farmers Coliseum

The New Palestine Dragons rang in 2018 with their two hottest-shooting games of the season, and two victories. The Dragons shot 56 percent in a 63-48 victory over Delta, and followed with a 48-percent performance in an 81-47 win at Hauser – their highest-scoring game in three seasons. In the two games, NP hit 23-of-48 from 3-point range.

This weekend, the Dragons hope to continue their scorching performances as they face HHC foe Pendleton Heights Friday night, then travel to the Indiana Farmers Coliseum for a Saturday matinee against Mooresville.

Maximus Gizzi had two big games last weekend, as he scored 16 points against Delta, then followed with 21 points against Hauser. He had six rebounds and a career-high nine assists in each game.

Gavin Hausz, the Dragons’ lone senior, hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points in each game last weekend, setting his season high.

Against Delta, juniors Matthew True and Dylan Romine contributed nine points apiece and sophomore Dawson Eastes tallied eight, as NP seized control in the second quarter and never looked back.

Against Hauser, True hit four 3-pointers and scored 13 points to give the Dragons three double-figure scorers. Kyle King grabbed a career-high seven rebounds.