The New Palestine girls basketball team plays its final two regular season games this week, traveling to Greensburg for a Tuesday tilt before hosting Yorktown Thursday for senior night, during which the Dragons will honor Isabella Gizzi.
New Palestine Dragons (10-10) at Greensburg Pirates (12-8)
Time: 6 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. V
Site: Greensburg HS, Greensburg (directions:https://goo.gl/maps/YtTq1rhKCCqpPQpg9 )
Tickets: $6, cash at gate
New Palestine Dragons (10-10, 3-3 HHC) vs. Yorktown Tigers (8-10, 3-2 HHC)
Time: 6 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. V
Site: New Palestine High School
Tickets: $6, cash at gate or online at https://public.eventlink.com/tickets?t=28237
SETTING THE SCENE
The Dragons open the final week of the season by bringing a two-game winning streak into a trip to Greensburg.
This is the Dragons’ fourth game against an EIAC school this season. The Dragons are 3-0 against the league, winning against Connersville, Batesville and Rushville in November.
The Dragons won a 60-51 game last year and have won two straight in the series. Allie Blum scored 12 points in that contest and was one of three double-figure scorers. The Dragons lead the all-time series 7-3.
Thursday is Senior Night, as the Dragons honor Isabella Gizzi in her final home game.
The Dragons and Tigers meet for the 24th time, with New Palestine having a 20-3 record in the series. A win for the Dragons would place them in the top half of the HHC standings.
NP has won eight straight meetings and 13 of the last 14. Last year, the Dragons won 60-39 at Yorktown. Gizzi scored 16 points in that contest.
The Dragons enter the regular season’s final with back-to-back victories, their first streak since winning five straight from Nov. 22-Dec. 6.
Senior Isabella Gizzi now holds all of NPHS’s scoring records, as she broke the single-season record Saturday against Southport. She now has 472 points, eclipsing the 468 set by her mother, Dragons coach Sarah (Haynes) Gizzi in 1993-94. Isabella also holds the career (1,556) and single-game (40) scoring records.
The Dragons had strong balance in Saturday’s 58-56 victory over Southport. Gizzi scored 21 points and dished seven assists. Allie Blum had 14 points and six rebounds, while Vivian Miller added 13 points and four assists. Miller’s 3-pointer in the final minute, followed by Gizzi’s three free throws rallied the Dragons from a 56-52 deficit.
Gizzi’s seven assists against Southport were the most by a Dragon this season.
Against Waldron, Gizzi scored 26 points and grabbed six boards. Freshman Sadey Hughbanks had nine points and seven rebounds, tying her career high in scoring and coming within one of her career high in rebounds. Tylar Whitaker had a career-high-tying five rebounds and four assists. Blum had 15 points and four rebounds.
Blum has scored in double-figures three consecutive games.
At 23.6 ppg, Gizzi leads the HHC in scoring. She is also seventh in steals (2.8). Miller is second in the league with 2.7 assists per game.
SCOUTING THE PIRATES
Greensburg enters the final week with a winning record and is second in the EIAC. The Pirates have won three of their last four games, beating Batesville 61-22 Satudray in their most recent outing.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Yorktown has tropped two of its last three games coming into the week, but is coming into this wee off a 69-56 win over New Castle Friday. The Tigers play Greenfield-Central Tuesday before meeting the Dragons.
Yorktown is led by senior Amari Wright, who tallies 15.1 ppg. Freshman Lilly Sylvester adds 7.7 points and leads the Tigers with 6.7 rebounds per game.