Girls Varsity Basketball · Girls hoops clinches outright HHC title

The New Palestine girls basketball team clinched the outright Hoosier Heritage Conference championship Friday, rallying to beat host Pendleton Heights 52-40.

The Dragons, ranked No. 15 in the IBCA poll, improved to 17-2 on the year and finished HHC play 7-0, their first outright HHC title and second overall league title since 1994.

NP trailed 11-6 after a quarter, but exploded with a 17-4 second quarter to take a 23-15 lead at halftime. NP pushed the lead to double-digits in the third quarter.

Leah Seib scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in the second frame. She scored five early points, including a 3-pointer, and finished with a pair of hoops. Haley Harrison hit two first-half 3-pointers, including a triple in the 17-point second quarter. Seib and Harrison each scored five points in an 18-point third quarter for the Dragons. Jordan Reid led the way with eight of her 10 points in the frame.

Three Dragons scored in double figures. In addition to Seib’s 17, Harrison scored 13 points. Reid added 10, all in the second half. Megan Jolly scored nine points, including five fourth-quarter free throws. Tatum Biddle scored three.

Leonie Wilson had 11 points and Kailyn Graham 10 to lead the Arabians.

The Dragons also won the JV game, which was played Thursday.

New Palestine is back in action Tuesday at Beech Grove, with a 6 p.m. JV tip, followed by the varsity at 7:30 p.m. It will be the Dragons’ final road game of the 2018-19 regular season.

Leah Seib scored 17 points in the Dragons’ victory.