Basketball (Girls V) New Palestine High School

Girls basketball wins OT thriller at Greensburg

By Andrew Smith | Jan. 24, 2023 10:00 PM

The New Palestine girls basketball team got a late stop in regulation, then dominated Greensburg in overtime to beat the host Pirates 67-59 Tuesday at Greensburg. The Dragons extended their winning streak to three and improved to 11-10 on the season. The game was close throughout. Sadey Hughbanks hit a shot inside to give the Dragons a 52-50 lead. It was answered by Greensburg free throw and a basket to put the Pirates up 53-52. Isabella Gizzi was fouled and hit two free throws with four minutes left to give the Dragons the lead back. After two Greensburg free throws, Hughbanks hit a putback to put the Dragons up 56-55. Hughbanks then grabbed an offensive rebound, was fouled and hit two free throws to give the Dragons a three-point edge with two and a half minutes left. Greensburg answered with a basket with two minutes to go and a free throw on the next possession. The Dragons had to get two stops in the final minute to force overtime. who led the Dragons in regulation with 15 points, hit a basket and two free throws in the final minutes to tie the game at 58 all. The Dragons then forced a miss on the final possession, sending the game to overtime. Isabella Gizzi hit a shot early for the Dragons in OT, which was answered by a Greensburg free throw. She then added two free throws to give the Dragons a three-point lead. Later in overtime, Gizzi drew a foul and a technical foul was also assessed to the player who fouled Gizzi. She nailed three free throws, then hit a basket to punctuate the possession, putting the game away. Gizzi scored all nine of the Dragons' overtime points and finished with a game-high 24. Vivian Miller and Allie Blum staked the Dragons to a 16-14 lead after a quarter. Each hit two 3-pointers, as Miller scored eight points and Blum six in the opening frame. In the second, Hughbanks and Gizzi scored five points each and Miller hit her third 3-pointer of the game, but Greensburg tallied 20 points to take a 34-33 lead at halftime. The Dragons re-took the lead 48-47 after three, as Gizzi, Hughbanks and Kylee Beranek scored four points each in the third. THe back-and-forth final frame saw Gizzi and Hughbanks both hit early shots. Gizzi added two free throws before Hughbanks hit another basket and two final-minute free throws to tie the game. Hughbanks tallied her first career double-figure game. Miller added 14 points and Blum eight. Beranek tallied six points. The Dragons finish the regular season Thursday against Yorktown, which will be the Dragons' senior night. Gizzi, the program's career scoring leader, will be honored prior to the game.

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