Dragons open sectional Tuesday vs. Center Grove
February 25, 2013New Palestine High School
The New Palestine Dragons open sectional play Tuesday against Center Grove.
The Dragons enter sectional play as the Hoosier Heritage Conference champions. They are 15-5 and 7-0 in HHC play. Center Grove is 8-12 and finished MIC play with a 1-6 record.
The two teams played on Nov. 30, and CG won 95-89 in OT thanks to 29 points from Troy Vorhies. Justin Ikerd scored 25 points, while Ryan Curry and Michael Morris scored 24 each. It was the only time this season three Dragons scored at least 20 points, and was the Dragons' highest-scoring game since 1989.
The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Center Grove's Vandermeer Fieldhouse -- the site of the Dragons' sectional title last season. The winner will face Whiteland at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Class 4A at Center Grove
Dragon notes: The 15-5 record this season marked the fourth time in school history a New Palestine team won 15 games in at least two consecutive seasons. The school record for consecutive 15-win seasons is three, set between 1956-59. ... Michael Morris' next game will tie him with Robert England for the most games played in New Palestine history ... New Palestine has won five consecutive sectional games dating back to 2011, and three sectional titles in the last four years ... NP has never beaten Center Grove, but has only met the Trojans three times in school history. The Nov. 30 meeting was the first since 1968 ... New Palestine played in its first IHSAA tournament in 1917, losing its first-ever tournament game to Cicero (now part of Hamilton Heights) 34-29 in the Anderson sectional. The next year, the Dragons won their first-ever tournament game, beating Markleville 26-12 and Summitville 32-19 in the Anderson sectional before falling to the host Indians 74-7. ... New Palestine was the first Hancock County school to appear in a sectional final when it advanced to face Anderson in the 1921 sectional championship game -- and fell 60-10. New Palestine was also the last Hancock County school to win a single-class sectional, doing so in 1997, and the first to win a Class 4A sectional, doing so in 2012.