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GIRLS BASKETBALL: North girls blister South

VINCENNES – The North dominated the South 114-81 during the 26th annual North-South All-Star Classic on Sunday afternoon at Vincennes University.

Bedford North Lawrence’s Sammy Dillman did not score for the South but had 3 assists and 1 blocked shots. She missed her only 3-pointer.

Hamilton Heights’ Haley Cook had a game-high 20 points and Kindell Fincher had 15 points for the North. Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings chipped in 14 and Homestead’s Sydney Buck had 13. Purdue recruit Erica Moore led the South with 18 points.

 

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: McBryde, Allen named All-State

Jenna Allen

Jenna Allen

Dominique McBryde

Dominique McBryde

Bedford North Lawrence juniors Dominique McBryde and Jenna Allen were named to the Associated Press All-State First Team.

McBryde averaged 15.0 points and 6.9 rebounds and Allen totaled 14.9 points and 8.7 rebounds as the Stars won their second straight Class 4-A state championship in 2014. Both were named to the Junior All-Star Team.

The rest of the First Team included Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings of Logansport, Maura Muensterman of Evansville Mater Dei and Kindell Fincher of Fort Wayne Canterbury.

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COLUMN: Is Hoosier Hysteria alive and well?

The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association has presented a three-class proposal to the IHSAA for the state basketball tournaments.

The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association has presented a three-class proposal to the IHSAA for the state basketball tournaments.

Latest proposal to ‘fix’

state tournaments not

the answer for the game

Is Hoosier Hysteria dead?

Indiana High School Athletic Association commissioner Bobby Cox, who should have his finger on the pulse of his basketball patient, declared it alive and well on social media, twice tweeting pictures of packed gymnasiums from the state tournaments as proof of the game’s overall health.

The evening session of the boys state finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse was a sellout (18,165) for the first time in many years. Upward trend or coincidence of circumstance? Was it the perfect storm of a compelling 3-A game (Greensburg vs. Bowman Academy), a huge fan base (Greensburg) and a University of Kentucky recruit (Trey Lyles) playing in the 4-A game as the Big Blue Nation was a captive audience in Indianapolis for the NCAA regional final?

Bobby Cox

Bobby Cox

For every positive snapshot on Twitter, the visual evidence from other venues (Seymour) suggests the word “hysteria” is no longer the proper description. But reports of its demise are premature. The argument can be made the excitement is contained to the programs that enjoy success. Once their team is eliminated, in a tournament series many fans still – after 17 years – fail to fully grasp, interest is lost.

Is Hoosier Hysteria ill?

If it were not, why are so many prescriptions for a “fix” still surfacing? The latest would probable cause more damage than it would cure, but the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association proposal of a three-class tournament will go before the IHSAA Board of Directors for a vote on May 5.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: State finals returning to Indy

BNL won its last two state titles in Terre Haute. If the Stars win a third, it will come in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2015.

BNL won its last two state titles in Terre Haute. If the Stars win a third, it will come in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2015.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced the girls basketball state finals will return to Indianapolis in 2015 after a five-year absence.

The IHSAA Executive Committee unanimously approved the move during Friday ’s monthly meeting. A one-year agreement has been reached with Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the four state championship games to be played at the downtown venue on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

For the last six years, the venue has hosted the Big Ten women’s tournament on the same date as the IHSAA state finals, which were moved to Fort Wayne (in 2010 and ’11) and Terre Haute (2012-14).  The 2009 finals were played in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Bedford North Lawrence won the 4-A state titles in 2013 and ’14.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Rizzi selected for All-Star games

BNL's Brittani Rizzi eyes the basket from long range. Rizzi has hit 69 of her 74 field goals this season from behind the three-point line.

BNL’s Brittani Rizzi has selected to play in the HBCA All-Star Classic on April 27.

Bedford North Lawrence senior Brittani Rizzi has been chosen to compete in the 26th annual Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association All-Stars Classic on April 27 at Tecumseh High School.

Rizzi, who scored 17 points in the Class 4-A title game as the Stars won their second straight state championship, will play for the West, teaming with Evansville Mater Dei’s Maura Muensterman.

Rizzi has also been chosen to play in the Class Basketball All-Star Classic on June 21 at Anderson University.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Dillman to play in North-South game

BNL's Sammy Dillman will compete in the annual North-South All-Star Classic.

BNL’s Sammy Dillman will compete in the annual North-South All-Star Classic.

Bedford North Lawrence senior point guard Sammy Dillman has been chosen to play in the 26th annual North-South Indiana All-Star Classic.

Dillman, who has signed with Purdue Calumet, will join the South for the boys-girls doubleheader at Vincennes University on April 13.  The girls will play at 2 p.m., followed by the boys at 4.

Dillman averaged 7.0 points and 3.8 assists as the Stars won their second straight Class 4-A state championship.

Others on the South team will include Columbus East’s Allyson Bunch, Columbus North’s Tayler Goodall, and Evansville Mater Dei’s Maura Muensterman.

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COLUMN: Is Rizzi an Indiana All-Star?

BNL's Brittani Rizzi, who scored 17 points in the state final against Penn, will be awaiting word about her possible selection to the Indiana All-Star team.

BNL’s Brittani Rizzi, who scored 17 points in the state final against Penn, will be awaiting word about her possible selection to the Indiana All-Star team.

BNL senior made her final

bid for a coveted selection

during Top 60 scrimmage

Every high school basketball player dreams. In Indiana, the fantasies are identical, from the Ohio River to Lake Michigan: hit the clutch shot, win a state championship, wear an All-Star jersey.

Bedford North Lawrence senior Brittani Rizzi has already checked off the first two, and she made her final bid for the ultimate individual honor on Sunday afternoon. Rizzi participated in the Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 Workout at Marian University in Indianapolis, a showcase for the state’s best seniors and a last look at the best for the All-Star coaching staff.

Norwell’s Eric Thornton, the 2014 girls All-Star coach, and his staff (Amy Brauman of Brownsburg and Gretchen Miles of Washington) have tough choices to make. Their job is unenviable. No matter who is chosen (last year the roster was 14 deep), worthy candidates will be omitted.

Rizzi will be among those anxiously awaiting word (likely later this week), when Miss Basketball and her teammates for the two-game series with Kentucky, plus the June exhibitions against the Junior All-Stars that includes three of her BNL teammates, are announced.

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COLUMN: Graduation bells breaking up the gang

BNL will chase history when it starts the run toward a third straight Class 4-A state championship in 2015.

BNL will chase history when it starts the run toward a third straight Class 4-A state championship in 2015.

New season, new challenges

ahead as Stars look forward

to chasing dream of three-peat

When Bedford North Lawrence made its triumphant trip home from Terre Haute with the state championship trophy and the other spoils of victory on Sunday morning, the bus engine had not cooled before the Stars hit the road again.

Channel 6 in Indianapolis requested an appearance. No rest for the weary celebrities, no television timeout for the Stars. Splash on some make-up, shift the smiles to overdrive. Here we go. Fame is demanding.

BNL coach Damon Bailey

BNL coach Damon Bailey

BNL coach Damon Bailey, still a Hoosier legend 20 years after his college career ended, needs no more notoriety. But his reason for accepting the invitation, to make an unscheduled road trip with his team, was a little selfish. “It was,” he said, halting as emotion swelled, “about spending more time with this group of kids.”

Alas, that time is about to end.

After back-to-back Class 4-A state titles, a price must be paid. For BNL, the toll is the departure of six seniors, half of the roster, including two starters. Graduation bells will break up that old gang of Stars.

When BNL won the 2013 title, the talking point was one theme, the goal was stated loudly. Win it again. And rightfully so. The Stars had all five starters, and three key veterans, coming back. The word “dynasty” was dusted off. Can BNL, under a different set of circumstances, become the first to three-peat?

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Swing for the fence

Stars hit a ‘home run’ with the defense of their 4-A state championship

Sammy Dillman and the Stars achieved their goal when they won the second straight Class 4-A state championship.

Sammy Dillman and the Stars achieved their goal when they won the second straight Class 4-A state championship.

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

When Damon Bailey was named the coach of the Bedford North Lawrence girls basketball program in May of 2013, he was immediately proactive in setting the bar of expectations as high as possible.

“Short of going 30-0 and winning the state championship, I’m going to fail.”

Well, the Stars didn’t play 30 games in defending their Class 4-A state title, and the final record had a “1” at the end. But so did BNL’s final status. The Stars started and finished No.1, saving Bailey’s job – wait, that’s an extreme stretch. He is quite safe. And so is BNL’s seat on the throne of Indiana basketball.

Every coach would love to “fail” so gloriously.

Video: BNL 2013-14 highlights (not viewable on mobile devices)

BNL coach Damon Bailey guided Whitney Wilson toward the presenters of the Mental Attitude Award, and he guided the Stars to a second straight state title.

BNL coach Damon Bailey guided Whitney Wilson toward the presentation of the Mental Attitude Award, and he guided the Stars to a second straight state title.

In his first season as Kurt Godlevske’s successor, Bailey guided the Stars back to the top of the mountain, winning a second consecutive 4-A championship. BNL went 27-1, and avenged that lone defeat with a victory in one of the epic encounters ever. Along the way, the Stars spanned the state, and beyond, and set records during a fantastic, pressure-packed, hyper-drive tour of adventure.

The Stars made history, with a regular-season road trip into Ohio, with three players joining the exclusive 1,000-point career scoring club, with the program’s first back-to-back state titles. Winning once is tough enough, repeating is remarkably rugged and brutally difficult. That was the goal, announced to the world, with BNL swinging for the fence. Home run.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL trio named All-State

Alexa Bailey

Alexa Bailey

Jenna Allen

Jenna Allen

Dominique McBryde

Dominique McBryde

Bedford North Lawrence’s Dominique McBryde, Jenna Allen and Alexa Bailey were named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s Underclass All-State team.

McBryde averaged 15.0 points and 6.9 rebounds, Allen totaled 14.9 points and 8.7 rebounds, and Bailey added 8.1 points while leading the Stars to their second straight Class 4-A state championship.

BNL’s Sammy Dillman and Brittani Rizzi were Honorable Mention selections for the Senior All-State team.

IBCA Senior All-State

Kayla Brown, Westfield; Sydney Buck, Homestead; Caroline Buhr, Penn; Ashley Campbell, Oregon-Davis; Kindell Fincher, Fort Wayne Canterbury; Tayler Goodall, Columbus North; Alex Hochstedler, Fishers; Whitney Jennings, Logansport; Kellie Kirkhoff, Roncalli; Erica Moore, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); Maura Muensterman, Evansville Mater Dei; Morgan Olson, NorthWood; Ana Owens, Lawrence North; Caroline Puntillo, Chesterton; Lauren Whitlach, Bloomington South

IBCA Underclass All-State

Jenna Allen, BNL; Alexa Bailey, BNL; Lamina Cooper, Lawrence North; Lindsey Corsaro, Roncalli; Dana Evans, Gary West; Victoria Gaines, Merrillville; Tyasha Harris, Heritage Christian; Dominique McBryde, BNL; Michal Miller, Michigan City; Ali Patberg, Columbus North; Nakeya Penny, Logansport; Jayla Scaife, Muncie Central; Tori Schickel, Evansville Mater Dei; Sydney Shelton, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); Jackie Young, Princeton