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GBB: Dragons start fast, but fall vs. Perry

January 15, 2014
By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School

The New Palestine Dragons had a fast start, but Perry Meridian used a second-quarter rally fueled by free throws to beat the Dragons 65-50 Tuesday in girls basketball action. 

NP built an early seven-point lead, fueled by two 3-pointers by Haley Stratman, but Perry went 14-for-18 from the line in the second quarter to outscore the Dragons 26-20 in the period and build a 37-33 lead at halftime. The Dragons stayed within striking distance for much of the second half, but could not retake the lead.

Freshman Raegan McMurray had a strong night, with a career-high 17 points. She also had six rebounds. She hit 7-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-5 from the line. Junior guard Emma Laughlin also had a strong night with nine points, including 5-6 from the line, to go along with three rebounds and three steals. Stratman had six points, three boards and two assists. Katlyn Keele added five points and four rebounds. Natalie Kehrt had four assists and six rebounds, garnering team highs for both.

NP shot 45 percent -- 10-of-22 -- in the opening half, and finished at 35 percent for the game. Perry Meridian was 23-33 from the line, while New Palestine was 14-21.

The Dragons are now 5-8 against one of the strongest schedules in Indiana. They next play Thursday against 2A No. 6 Triton Central, with a 6 p.m. JV tipoff. A busy week concludes Saturday at Whiteland, with a noon JV tipoff.



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