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Home » General NewsNew Palestine weekend sports wrapupDecember 3, 2012 By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High SchoolBOYS BASKETBALL Saturday New Palestine 73, Rushville 47: One night after a scintillating overtime loss to Center Grove, New Palestine bounced back with an impressive victory over Rushville to open Hoosier Heritage Conference play for both teams. Michael Morris had another big night for the Dragons, tallying 23 points and 15 rebounds, playing just three quarters. Morris also had three steals. He had eight firstquarter points, then knocked down a pair of secondquarter threepointers, as NP led 174 after a quarter and extended it to 3621 at halftime. NP built the lead to 5334 after three. Morris has tallied 100 points in the Dragons' first four games this season, with 37, 16, 24 and now 23 points. He was our IndianaBasketballDigest.com Player of the Game. Sophomore Brandon Jonas had a seasonhigh with 12 points on 6of8 shooting. He had four rebounds. Sam Larrabee (9 points, four rebounds) and Seth Cox (8 points, four rebounds) each set career scoring highs. Ryan Curry chipped in seven points and three steals. NP is now 31 and 10 in the HHC, and will play next Friday at GreenfieldCentral. Rushville is 12 (01). NP won the JV game and the freshman contest. Friday Center Grove 95, New Palestine 89, OT: In a seesaw game, Center Grove emerged a victor over New Palestine by pulling away at the foul line in overtime. The Dragons hit 14 3pointers in the game and had three players with 20plus points  Justin Ikerd scored a careerhigh 25 points, with Michael Morris and Ryan Curry talling 24 each. For Ikerd and Curry, each hit a careerhigh. It was the Dragons' biggest scoring output since Feb. 18, 1989, when they scored a schoolrecord 105 against Waldron. It was also the highest scoring game the Dragons had played in since that date. But it wasn't enough, as CG placed five players in doublefigures, led by Troy Vorhies' 29 points. He hit nine shots and 12of14 from the line. He hit two big shots down the stretch, including a 3point play that put CG up 8078. Ikerd and Morris each answerd Vorhies baskets for the Dragons to tie the game at 82. Each team had a chance in the final 20 seconds of regulation, but neither scored. Ikerd hit a 3pointer to give the Dragons an 8582 lead in OT, but CG's Brady Brown answered with a triple of his own. CG then used a basket by Michael Benkert and eight free throws  seven by point guard Ryan Pendygraft  to put the game away. Ikerd had another hot start  he scored 10 of the Dragons' 15 points in the first quarter  but was matched by CG's Tyler Bryant, who also scored 10 as the Trojans led 2715 after one. NP rallied behind Curry, who hit backtoback 3s to start the second quarter and cut the deficit to six, then hit a layup and drilled 7of8 from the line to score 15 secondquarter points. That output  plus 3s in the second by Solomon Haynes, Morris and Sam Larrabee, helped the Dragons score 30 in the quarter and take a 4544 lead going into the half. The lead seesawed often from there, with Vorhies scoring 14 of his 29 points in the second half, and Morris taking things over down the stretch with 12 of the Dragons' 16 fourthquarter points. Vorhies (29), Bryant (18), Benkert (15), Pendygraft (14) and Brown (12) all scored in doublefigures for CG. The Trojans offset NP's 14 3pointers with the onepointer, hitting 27of39 from the line. NP was 17of24. Ikerd (5), Morris (4) and Curry (3) all hit multiple triples for the Dragons, who hit 14 3s and 15 twopoint shots. CG won the JV game, while the Dragons won the freshman game. WRESTLING Dragons win New Castle Invitational: New Palestine posted another 50 Saturday, this time at the New Castle 6way Invitational. NP had two shutouts  of both Whiteland and Charlestown  and outscored its foes 37127. NP beat Pendleton Heights 5115, Charlestown 830, Franklin County 756, Whiteland 810 and Elwood 786. Willie Bryan, Tommy Cash, Robby Elsea, Taylor Fee, Noah Grable, Logan Hunt, Rylan McCarty, C.J. Red, Jared Timberman, Brian Wagner and Gordon Wagner all went 50 on the day. Elsea had the fastest fall, in nine seconds. The Dragons next compete Saturday at the Columbus North Invitational. The JV wrestling team went 21 at the Perry Meridian Invitational. GIRLS BASKETBALL Delta 40, New Palestine 34: Delta outscored NP 114 in the final three minutes to pull away to a Hoosier Heritage Conference win. It was a backandforth game for much of the afternoon  NP led 83 after a quarter, but Delta responded with an 112 second quarter to take a fourpoint lead at halftime. A basket by Haley Stratman gave the Dragons a 3029 lead with three minutes left, but Delta's Kaitlyn Rawls scored on a drive on the ensuing possession to give the Eagles a onepoint lead. After a turnover, Delta's Ericka Pursley hit a shot, then knocked down a free throw. Delta would eventually score seven straight. Stratman led NP with 10 points, five rebounds and three steals. Natalie Kehrt added nine points, six rebounds and two assists. Carly Hackler had four rebounds and two assists for NP. Pursley scored 14 and Rawls had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Delta, which was held to 32 percent shooting, but hit 15of22 from the line. NP was 6for9 from the stripe. NP is now 14 on the season and 01 in HHC play. The Dragons travel to Shelbyville Tuesday.
This week's schedule Tuesday, Dec. 4 Girls basketball: at Shelbyville, 6/7:30 JV wrestling: at Shelbyville, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 JV wrestling: at Lawrence Central, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 Swimming: at Delta, 5:30 p.m. F/JV boys basketball: vs. GreenfieldCentral, 6 p.m. JV girls basketball: vs. GreenfieldCentral, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 Boys/girls basketball: at GreenfieldCentral, 6/8 p.m. (webcast: www.ihigh.com/newpaldragons) Saturday, Dec. 8 Wrestling: at Columbus North Invitational, 9 a.m. Swimming: at East Central Relays, 11 a.m.

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