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GBB: Dragons power past Greenwood

February 1, 2014
By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School

New Palestine picked up a big girls basketball road win Saturday afternoon, beating Greenwood 55-47. 

The Dragons had tremendous balance, led by 12 points each from Raegan McMurray and Emma Laughlin. Five players scored at least seven points. The Dragons shot a season-best 57 percent from the floor (15-28), including 70 percent (7-10) in the second half. They were also 21-32 from the line. The Dragons held Greenwood to 38 percent shooting (14-36) and outrebounded the Woodmen 24-17.

NP fell behind 7-2 early, but rallied to tie the game by the end of the first quarter, and built a 23-19 lead late in the second quarter.

The Dragons opened the third with back-to-back 3-pointers by Haley Stratman and Natalie Kehrt -- sandwiched around a free throw -- to go ahead 29-22. Carly Hackler later drilled a 3-pointer to key a 7-0 run that pushed the lead to double-digits, at 39-28, early in the fourth. Greenwood never got closer than six the rest of the way, as the Dragons hit 14-of-20 free throws in the fourth quarter. Fourteen of the Dragons' final 16 points came from the line.

McMurray had a strong outing, with 12 points, five assists and five rebounds. Laughlin added 12 points and two boards. Stratman scored nine points and added two rebounds. Kehrt scored seven points and grabbed four boards. Freshman Mary Crumlin had a career high with seven points. Carly Hackler added five points and two assists off the bench, while Katlyn Keele grabbed six rebounds.

Holly Hoopingarner led Greenwood with 18 points.

The Dragons are now 9-9 on the season. They close the regular season at home Wednesday against Connersville.

Greenwood won the JV game 31-22.

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