The New Palestine Lady Dragons defeated the Connersville Lady Spartans 52-32 at Spartan Bowl in the 2022-23 season opener on Thursday night.

Connersville collected 36 rebounds. The Lady Spartan defense held New Palestine to 33 percent shooting and forced 11 turnovers. The New Palestine pressure defense forced 31 turnovers and held Connersville to 30 percent shooting from the field. The Lady Spartans got off to a slow start offensively. New Palestine jumped out 12-2 in the first period, forcing Connersville to play catchup through the remainder of the game. New Palestine senior Isabella Gizzi had 18 points for the Lady Dragons to lead all scorers. Sophomore New Palestine guard Kylee Beranek had 11 points, and junior Vivian Miller had 10 points for New Palestine.