The New Palestine girls basketball team staged a furious fourth-quarter rally Tuesday to down 2A No. 5 Triton Central 46-43 in overtime.
The victory marked the Dragons’ first against a ranked opponent this season and snapped TC’s seven-game winning streak.
The Dragons trailed 32-21 going into the fourth quarter before Anna Ackerman drilled two 3-pointers to draw the Dragons closer. Another basket, a free throw by Alaina Miller and a 3-pointer by Isabella Gizzi drew NP within 35-33. Gizzi later hit another 3-pointer and two free throws to give NP a 42-39 lead before TC hit a 3-pointer ahead of the fourth-quarter buzzer to send the game to OT.
In the extra session, Gizzi hit an early basket and the Dragons’ defense was stout, not allowing the host Tigers a field goal. NP made four defensive stops in the final minute nursing a 44-42 lead. TC hit a free throw in the final 20 seconds to cut the lead to one and the Tigers got the ball back, but NP forced a turnover, Gizzi drained two free throws and the Dragons forced one final stop to seal the victory.
The Dragons trailed the Tigers 12-10 after first quarter, with Ackerman scoring five points and Gizzi hitting the first of her four 3-pointers. But the Dragons were outscored 8-2 in the second quarter, with Koryn Marshall’s basket the Dragons’ points, to fall into an eight-point halftime deficit. TC outscored the Dragons 12-9 in the third quarter to take a double-digit lead going into the fourth, setting the stage for the Dragons’ rally.
Gizzi tallied a season-high 20 points to lead the Dragons, tallying 14 in the fourth quarter and overtime. Ackerman added 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Koryn Marshall scored four points, Alaina Miller three, while Addi Jones, Faith Hensel and Grace Marshall scored two each.
The Dragons are now 10-7 on the season. They next play Thursday at Pendleton Heights.