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Saturday hoops roundup: Dragons, Marauders win

December 15, 2012
Hancock County Sports



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New Palestine 59, Franklin Central 55: The Dragons built a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter, but nearly saw Franklin Central come all the way back before holding the Flashes off late.

Ryan Curry scored 27 points -- including 13 in the third quarter -- and hit seven 3-pointers. His triple early in the fourth gave the Dragons a 46-33 lead, but FC's defense, led by Jalen Bell, got the Flashes back into the game. FC had two shots to tie the game in the closing minute, but both fell short.

Michael Morris scored 13 points, including nine in a second quarter that saw NP build a 25-20 halftime lead. Morris also had seven rebounds. Curry then caught fire in the third, drilling three 3-pointers, one of which was a four-point play, and hitting a three-shot free throw. As a team, the Dragons hit nine 3-pointers in the game. NP led 43-33 after three, and pushed the lead as high as 13.

Brandon Jonas added seven points and 10 rebounds, posting double-digit rebounds on back-to-back nights.

Jacob Malone scored 18 points for FC, including 15 straight Flashes points from the start of the second quarter through the midpoint of the third. He was one of three Flashes in double-figures, as Lucas Huffman scored 14 and Bell tallied 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.

NP (5-2) next plays Tuesday at home against Beech Grove. Listen to the webcast at HancockCountySports.com.

Mt. Vernon 59, Mississinewa 41: The Marauders swept a double-weekend for the second straight week, posting a double-digit victory over Mississinewa on the road.

The victory improved the third-ranked Marauders' record to 6-0 heading into the Hancock County Tournament.

The Marauders will host New Palestine in the semis of the county tournament on Dec. 27. Listen to the webcast at HancockCountySports.com.

Cambridge City Lincoln 60, Eastern Hancock 55: The Golden Eagles avenged a loss from last year's sectional by knocking off the Royals.

The Royals fell to 2-4 on the season and will host North Decatur on Tuesday night. You can listen to the webcast at HancockCountySports.com.

Girls basketball

New Palestine 39, Yorktown 36: The Dragons hit six straight free throws in the closing minutes to break a 33-all tie and beat the Tigers for their first Hoosier Heritage Conference victory of the season.

Haley Stratman had 11 points and six rebounds for the Dragons. She hit a key 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter to tie the game at 28-28 after the Tigers had turned an eight-point deficit into a four-point lead. Gia Nitschke added eight points for the Dragons, while Natalie Kehrt scored seven.

NP (2-7, 1-4 HHC) outrebounded Yorktown and was 16-of-23 from the line. Kehrt was 5-of-6 and Taylor Shull 3-of-4 for the Dragons from the stripe.

Yorktown (6-4, 0-3 HHC) was led by center Justine Irelan, who had 13 points and eight rebounds before fouling out. Katie Miller had seven points. Both of the Tigers' leading scorers did so coming off the bench.

NP next plays Friday against Pendleton Heights.


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