New Palestine weekend sports wrapup
December 3, 2012By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
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 first-quarter points, then knocked down a pair of second-quarter three-pointers, as NP led 17-4 after a quarter and extended it to 36-21 at halftime. NP built the lead to 53-34 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 season-high with 12 points on 6-of-8 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 3-1 and 1-0 in the HHC, and will play next Friday at Greenfield-Central. Rushville is 1-2 (0-1).
NP won the JV game and the freshman contest.
Center Grove 95, New Palestine 89, OT: In a see-saw game, Center Grove emerged a victor over New Palestine by pulling away at the foul line in overtime.
The Dragons hit 14 3-pointers in the game and had three players with 20-plus points -- Justin Ikerd scored a career-high 25 points, with Michael Morris and Ryan Curry talling 24 each. For Ikerd and Curry, each hit a career-high.
It was the Dragons' biggest scoring output since Feb. 18, 1989, when they scored a school-record 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 double-figures, led by Troy Vorhies' 29 points. He hit nine shots and 12-of-14 from the line. He hit two big shots down the stretch, including a 3-point play that put CG up 80-78. 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 3-pointer to give the Dragons an 85-82 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 27-15 after one. NP rallied behind Curry, who hit back-to-back 3s to start the second quarter and cut the deficit to six, then hit a layup and drilled 7-of-8 from the line to score 15 second-quarter 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 45-44 lead going into the half.
The lead see-sawed 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 fourth-quarter points.
Vorhies (29), Bryant (18), Benkert (15), Pendygraft (14) and Brown (12) all scored in double-figures for CG. The Trojans offset NP's 14 3-pointers with the one-pointer, hitting 27-of-39 from the line. NP was 17-of-24. Ikerd (5), Morris (4) and Curry (3) all hit multiple triples for the Dragons, who hit 14 3s and 15 two-point shots.
CG won the JV game, while the Dragons won the freshman game.
Dragons win New Castle Invitational: New Palestine posted another 5-0 Saturday, this time at the New Castle 6-way Invitational.
NP had two shutouts -- of both Whiteland and Charlestown -- and outscored its foes 371-27. NP beat Pendleton Heights 51-15, Charlestown 83-0, Franklin County 75-6, Whiteland 81-0 and Elwood 78-6.
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 5-0 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 2-1 at the Perry Meridian Invitational.
Delta 40, New Palestine 34: Delta outscored NP 11-4 in the final three minutes to pull away to a Hoosier Heritage Conference win.
It was a back-and-forth game for much of the afternoon -- NP led 8-3 after a quarter, but Delta responded with an 11-2 second quarter to take a four-point lead at halftime.
A basket by Haley Stratman gave the Dragons a 30-29 lead with three minutes left, but Delta's Kaitlyn Rawls scored on a drive on the ensuing possession to give the Eagles a one-point 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 15-of-22 from the line. NP was 6-for-9 from the stripe.
NP is now 1-4 on the season and 0-1 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. Greenfield-Central, 6 p.m.
JV girls basketball: vs. Greenfield-Central, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 7
Boys/girls basketball: at Greenfield-Central, 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.