The New Palestine girls basketball team punched its ticket to the sectional championship game, using a big second-half run in a 43-32 victory over Greenfield-Central Friday at Connersville.
The Dragons (17-6) will play Mt. Vernon – a 47-40 overtime winner over Pendleton Heights – at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the sectional championship. NP will be seeking its fifth sectional title in school history and first since 2004.
NP used a seven point first-quarter run to take a 7-3 lead, but G-C seized control with a 12-2 run that put it up six. The Cougars led 19-15 at halftime, despite a balanced effort by the Dragons.
In the third quarter, NP seized control, scoring the first 15 points coming out of the break. Katie Herron started the second half with a three-point play to launch the Dragons. Leah Seib followed with back-to-back baskets to give the Dragons the lead for good. Seib led the way in the game, tallying 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting and 5-of-8 from the line. She had six points in the run. Katie Herron added nine points and 11 rebounds, including five points in the run. Haley Harrison punctuated the run with the Dragons’ lone 3-pointer of the night to extend the lead to 30-19.
G-C cut the lead as close as six, but Seib and Michala Jones answered with free throws on the Dragons’ next two possessions to push the lead to 34-24. Again, G-C cut the lead on a 3-pointer by Hannah Farrell with three minutes left, but Seib and Tatum Biddle answered with back-to-back baskets to put the game away.
Harrison, Jones and Biddle all tallied five points. Eliza Adams scored four critical first-half points. Megan Jolly scored two. Biddle, Jolly, Seib and Harrison all led NP with two assists. In addition to Herron’s 11 boards, which helped NP outrebound the Cougars 25-20, Jones had four. Harrison had three steals.
The Dragons shot 46 percent for the game, hitting 14 of 30, and were 70 percent from the line (14-20). G-C was held to 34 percent (11-32), including just 4-17 in the second half. The Cougars were 5-of-20 on two-point shots.