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Saturday roundup: Royal, Dragon boys win; GBB/wrestling
January 20, 2013Hancock County Sports
New Palestine 53, Whiteland 50: The Dragons pulled out a victory in a tight second half to improve to 10-4 on the season.
NP used a big 14-0 run in the first quarter to take a 16-4 lead after eight minutes, then boosted it as high as 14 later in the period before Whiteland chopped it to 29-19 at the half. But a 13-0 Whiteland run gave the Warriors a 32-31 edge, and the lead repeatedly changed hands from that point forward.
Michael Morris had a strong night for the Dragons, with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists. He was 7-of-8 from the line, hitting several down the stretch in the fourth quarter as the Dragons were trying to keep Whiteland at bay. Seth Cox had his first career double-figure game, hitting all six of his shots for 12 points. Brandon Jonas gave the Dragons a solid start with nine early points to go along with six rebounds. Solomon Haynes scored four points -- but they were key fourth-quarter baskets, the last of which gave the Dragons the lead for good at 46-44. He also had five assists and four steals. Connor Roach had six rebounds.
Morris' back-to-back 3-pointers keyed the 14-point first-quarter run, giving NP a 12-4 edge. But down the stretch, a running shot by Solomon Haynes broke a 44-all tie. After the Dragons forced a stop, Morris was fouled and drained two free throws inside the final 90 seconds to make it a 48-44 game -- the biggest the lead would be for either team in the game's final 14 minutes. Whiteland used its shooting to cut the deficit to one -- and had a shot to tie at the end, after John Hubler missed a free throw, but had the rebound tipped out to him for an open look at the horn that went slightly long.
Austin Fruits had 14 points and four assists for Whiteland. Kyle Alford had 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Dejan Davis had 10 points and nine rebounds.
NP clinched its fourth straight season with double-digit victories. The Dragons next play Friday at home against Yorktown in a game broadcast by HancockCountySports.com. Whiteland is now 5-9.
Eastern Hancock 56, Shenandoah 47: The Royals broke an eight-game skid with a victory over their longtime rivals to the northeast.
EH used a big third quarter to pull away, outscoring the Raiders 15-8 in the frame. It allowed the Royals to build a 39-31 lead.
EH improved to 3-11 on the year. The Royals next play Saturday at home against Greenfield-Central. Shenandoah is now 6-7.
Shelbyville 71, Greenfield-Central 54: The Golden Bears broke open what had been a close game with a strong third quarter to knock off the Cougars at G-C.
G-C trailed 16-13 after a quarter and 24-23 at the half, but Shelbyville outscored the Cougars 27-12 in the third to take a 51-35 lead.
Derek Conley had 17 points to lead G-C. Cole Oleksy added 10 points and Tate Hall six. Reilly Reinbold had 21 points and Adam Eads 20 to lead the Golden Bears.
Shelbyville improved to 3-10 with the victory and 1-3 in HHC play. G-C fell to 2-10 overall and 0-4 in the HHC. G-C next plays Friday at home against Pendleton Heights before traveling to Eastern Hancock Saturday for a game broadcast by HancockCountySports.com.
Eastern Hancock 61, Waldron 55: The Royals won their third straight game with a victory over Waldron.
The Royals improved to 13-4 on the season and 5-2 in Mid-Hoosier Conference play.
Kiersten Schrope had 19 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and six assists for EH. Hannah Best added 13 points and eight steals. Peyton Neisler added nine points. Skyler Overleese and Lauren Harmon each scored seven. Neisler had six boards, as did Alora Marshall. Overleese had five rebounds.
Heather Schuneman led Waldron with 19 points.
EH build an early lead, going up 13-7 after a quarter and 28-18 at the half. The Royals led 39-26 after three before staving off a late Mohawk charge.
EH's 13 victories are the team's most since a 16-7 campaign in 2002-03. The Royals next play Thursday at home against Tri.
Rushville 65, New Palestine 38: The Dragons couldn't completely recover from a slow start, as they dropped a Hoosier Heritage Conference game at home.
NP trailed 16-3 after a quarter, but played largely even with the Lions for most of the next two quarters. Rushville led 30-16 at the half and 47-31 in the late stages of the third quarter.
Natalie Kehrt led the Dragons with a career-high 12 points, hitting both of her field-goal attempts and 7-of-10 from the line. She also had two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Haley Stratman added nine points and three boards. Emma Laughlin had eight points and two steals for NP. Katlyn Keele and Carly Hackler each had four rebounds.
Mackenzie Campbell led three Lions in double figures with 21 points. Sarah Cook had 13. Rushville shot 54 percent from the floor (19-of-35) and 23-of-31 from the line. NP was 10-of-28 from the floor and 14-of-20 from the stripe.
Rushville improved to 14-2 on the season and finishes its final HHC campaign with a 6-1 conference mark. NP is now 3-14 on the year and 1-5 in the HHC.
Cougars go 4-1 at Mt. Vernon: Greenfield-Central went 4-1 at the Mt. Vernon Six-Way to improve to 15-7 on the dual meet season.
The Cougars beat Shelbyville 70-9, Mt. Vernon 69-12, Southmont 34-31 and Greenwood 61-13. No. 16 G-C fell to No. 2 Franklin 44-16
Top wrestlers for G-C were Josh Farrell (152) and Austin Rose (170), who both went 5-0 on the day. Taylor Wright went 4-0 at 113. Sam Locke (132), Cameron Nuckols (182) and Tyler Beeson (285) both went 4-1.
G-C next competes in the sectional next Saturday.