The New Palestine girls basketball team used a strong start to take a lead Saturday, then pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Southport 62-40.
NP built a 14-7 lead after a quarter and maintained it, before outscoring the Cardinals 18-6 in the final period to pull away to the victory. The Dragons led 30-24 at the half and 44-34 after three.
Katie Herron led the Dragons with 14 points. She keyed the hot start with six first-quarter points, and added six more in the third. Leah Seib added 13 points, including nine in the first half. Jordan Reid also keyed the strong start, scoring four of her six points in the opening quarter.
The Dragons had a balanced effort. Haley Harrison scored seven first-half points, draining a pair of 3-pointers. Michaela Jones added seven fourth-quarter points. Tatum Biddle added six points. Megan Jolly scored four, Avery Biggs three and Claire Cherry two.
The Dragons are now 3-0 on the season and next play Tuesday at Franklin Central.
The Dragon JV also won 37-36 to improve to 3-0.