GALENA – Floyd Central made the most of its opportunities as the Highlanders conquered Bedford North Lawrence 6-0 on Tuesday night.
The Highlanders took control with a quick strike (Emma Farnsley scored in the fifth minute) and added two goals just before intermission. They pulled away in the second as BNL slipped to 1-1 (0-1 in the Hoosier Hills Conference).
“Floyd is tough,” BNL coach Kelsey Pace said. “They’re an outstanding team and deserved the win.
“If I said I wasn’t disappointed, I’d be lying. I’m not the only one. We got outplayed a little and our inexperience showed in some places. We expected that somewhat, and I told the girls these are mistakes we can learn from.”
After coming up short in an upset bid at Columbus East (one of the target teams on the BNL schedule) on Monday night, Bedford North Lawrence bounced back quickly just 24 hours later and took out a little frustration on Jennings County.
The Stars didn’t drop a set while pouncing on the Panthers 5-0 on the refinished home courts, highlighted by a lengthy match at No.2 doubles that lacked neither drama nor tension.
Isaac Titche and Christopher Kidd needed 90 minutes and a tiebreaker to complete the first set, but they made the wait worthwhile as they capped the sweep with a 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 victory over Kent Biehle and Cody St.John.
BNL senior Hannah Dotts rises to hammer a ball between two Edgewood blockers at the net. Dotts had 15 kills as the Stars stopped the Mustangs in four games.
BNL survives letdown
to conquer Edgewood
as Day, Dotts do damage
By Justin Sokeland
All sense of organization and decorum had vanished. Bedford North Lawrence was locked in one of those inexplicable, often irreversible funks. After completely dominating the first two sets, the Stars were falling apart.
The loss of focus cratered when BNL’s service rotation crumbled. Serving out of turn is a cardinal sin, and BNL coach Scott Saunders noticed it immediately. Before he could stop it, the ball was in play. BNL won the point.
Saunders snitched. Went to the floor referee, told him of the mistake, and it cost his team a point. Minutes later, when Edgewood won the set to extend the match, it proved the difference. And it also pinpointed the on-off switch the Stars have.
When they were good, they were very good on Monday night during a 25-10, 25-14, 23-25, 25-17 victory over the Mustangs. When they were bad (Game 3), they were awful. That’s just the way it is.
BNL’s Danielle Kittaka churns toward the finish line while securing a spot in the top 10 during Monday’s BNL Invitational.
BNL boys finish 3rd,
girls fourth during
the BNL Invitational
By Justin Sokeland
Bedford North Lawrence boys coach Scott Hiles didn’t know what he had in this trial run. Girls coach Jill Vance knew her team was better than it showed during its first event. Both were satisfied with the results during the annual BNL Invitational on Monday afternoon.
BNL senior Trey Pemberton finished 7th in the boys race in 17:47.4.
The Stars, with a herd of freshmen making their varsity debuts, finished third in the seven-team field with 96 points in the boys meet, while the BNL girls shook off the discouragement of Saturday’s sloppy tour through the rain and muck to finish fourth in drier, more favorable conditions.
Jennings County won the boys meet with 25 points, while Seymour swept aside everyone, claiming the top six spots in the girls meet to record a perfect score of 15 and take the title.
In the boys race, BNL senior Trey Pemberton was seventh in 17:47.4, and his younger brother Chance was 18th (despite falling on the first lap during the double tour of the BNL course) in 18:57.2.
COLUMBUS – Columbus East won the tough points and key matches to clip Bedford North Lawrence 3-2 during boys tennis action at East on Monday afternoon.
The Olympians won the top two singles clashes and prevailed at No.1 doubles, denying the Stars a breakthrough victory.
“I thought we were finally going to get them,” BNL coach Donnie Thomas said. “We played pretty well.”
East’s Matt Furnish stopped Ian Dillman 6-0, 6-1 at No.1 singles while Neeraj Pandita clipped Brandt Callahan 6-2, 7-5 (rallying from a 4-3 deficit in the final set) at No.2. The Olympians also prevailed in doubles as Sam Woolwine and David Kuhlman conquered Alex East and Corbin Bushey 6-4, 6-2.
Bedford North Lawrence was not up to par – in fact way too far above it – during Monday’s nine-hole match with Edgewood on the front side at Otis Park.
Despite struggling, the Stars posted a 185-228 victory, but the team total, and the individual rounds that comprised it, was not what BNL has been carding this season. BNL coach Aaron Sanders was quick to dismiss it as an anomaly.
“It was just one of those nights where we got a few bad lies and didn’t make any putts,” Sanders said. “We’re a much better team than what we were tonight.”