The New Palestine girls basketball team trailed throughout the first three quarters of the contest, falling behind by as many as 13 in the second half.
But NP rallied at the end of the third quarter and continued that momentum into the fourth to beat Rushville 62-50 Tuesday at New Palestine.
The Dragons are now 5-1 on the season heading into Saturday’s home game against Indian Creek.
The Dragons trailed 16-5 after a quarter but chipped away during the second quarter to get as close as four before Rushville took a 30-24 halftime edge. Haley Harrison led the Dragons in the opening half with four 3-pointers and 14 oints.
The Lions opened the second half with a 10-3 run to go up 40-27. That lead was fueled by 8-of-12 3-point shooting.
But NP began clawing back in, going on a 24-4 run over the latter half of the third quarter and into the fourth to turn that deficit into a 51-44 edge. Megan Jolly fueled the run with two 3-pointers and Harrison hit a big triple during the run in the third quarter. Katie Herron hit a driving shot at the third-quarter buzzer to tie the game at 44 before NP scored the final stanza’s first seven points.
As Rushville had to foul intentionally late in the game, Megan Jolly sank 7-of-8 free throws and Michaela Jones was 2-for-2 down the stretch to salt the game away. In the game’s final quarter and a half, the Dragons outscored their visitors 35-10 to seize control. Rushville was 1-of-7 from 3-point range in the game’s final quarter and a half.
Jolly finished with 19 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor and 11-of-13 from the line. She also had five assists, three steals and four rebounds. Harrison tallied 17 points on 5-of-10 3-point shooting and a pair of free throws. She added five rebounds and a steal. Jones scored 10 points, hitting 6-of-6 from the line. She had four rebounds and two assists.
Herron and Jordan Reid each scored six points. Herron had a team-high eight rebounds. Reid added five boards and a steal as the Dragons outrebounded Rushville 33-16. Leah Seib added four points. Claire Cherry had three rebounds.
Allie Smith led the Lions with 10 points, including three 3-pointers.
The Dragon JV also won 42-33 to improve to 5-1 on the season.
Saturday’s contest against Indian Creek will feature an 11:30 a.m. JV tip, followed by a 1 p.m. varsity start