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Tuesday county wrap: Perfect night for local GBB teams

November 28, 2012
Hancock County Sports

Girls basketball

New Palestine 77, Arlington 16: The Dragons scored the game's first 37 points and raced to a big victory over the Golden Knights.

It was NP's first win of the year. It was the Dragons' most points scored since totaling 79 against Lawrence Central on Jan. 25, 2006. It was also their biggest win margin in 17 years -- since beating Greensburg 86-15 on Nov. 24, 1995.

The Dragons forced 37 turnovers and turned many of them into fast-break baskets. All nine Dragons who played scored, led by sophomore Gia Nitschke's 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting. She also had seven rebounds and four steals. Freshman Haley Stratman scored 12 points for the second straight game. Freshman Katlyn Keele tallied 11 points and six rebounds. Freshman center Carly Hackler had 10 points and six rebounds.

In addition, Emma Laughlin had a strong all-around game with eight points, five assists and three steals. Adie Lorsung had eight points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals. Natalie Kehrt tallied a game-high nine rebounds and six assists. Payton Kost had seven points and four boards.

Stratman and Laughlin equaled their career-highs, while Nitschke, Keele, Hackler, Lorsung and Kost all set their career highs.

NP shot 31-of-67 from the floor, while holding Arlington to 6-for-39. The Dragons outrebounded Arlington 50-23.

New Palestine (1-3) enters a span of five consecutive Hoosier Heritage Conference games Saturday afternoon at Delta.

Eastern Hancock 67, South Decatur 47: Hannah Best had a career-high 30 points as the Royals pulled away from the Cougars in the second half.

Best hit seven 3-pointers on 12 attempts and was 11-of-18 from the floor for the Royals. She also had four steals. Kiersten Schrope also had a big night with a double-double -- 16 points and 11 assists. She also had seven rebounds and six steals.

Lauren Harmon had seven points and three steals. Kristen Eischen had a team-high eight rebounds. EH outscored South Decatur 21-14 to take a 37-30 lead going into halftime, extended the lead to 50-38 at the end of three and pulled away with a big fourth quarter.

The Royals are now 3-2 overall and 1-1 in Mid-Hoosier Conference play. The Royals travel to Union County Saturday afternoon.

Mt. Vernon 61, Muncie Central 36: The Marauders got back into the winning column by beating the Bearcats on the road Tuesday night.

MV improves to 4-1 on the season, emphatically bouncing back from last week's loss to Hamilton Heights. The Marauders, 1-0 in HHC play, have a key conference game Saturday afternoon at Pendleton Heights. Varsity tipoff is 2:30 p.m.


Cougars, Millers split: Greenfield-Central split a meet with Noblesville on Tuesday evening.

G-C's boys won 94-92. "The boys fought out a nail biter. This was a tough meet from start to finish. The boys paid attention to the details the second half of the meet to really pull this meet back into their grasp. Very proud of their effort for an overall great win," G-C coach Emily Logan said. 

The Cougar girls fell 138-48. "The girls did a nice job of swimming solid races all night. We were down 4 swimmers and a diver due to illness and various reasons. Noblesville is a tough opponent and the girls did a nice job of staying focused on their races," Logan said.


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