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GIRLS BASKETBALL: With real No.1 please stand up?

Princeton star Jackie Young, a Notre Dame recruit, will lead the 3-A No.1 TIgers into BNL Fieldhouse to face the Stars.

Princeton star Jackie Young, a Notre Dame recruit, will lead the 3-A No.1 Tigers into BNL Fieldhouse to face the Stars. Photo courtesy of Evansville Courier

BNL, top-ranked in Class 4-A,

will face 3-A No.1 Princeton

in battle of state superpowers 

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Who is No.1? Two undefeated teams that claim the status, and deserve it, will collide on Friday night.

Bedford North Lawrence, the two-time defending Class 4-A state champion, will face its greatest challenge so far this season when the Stars welcome Class 3-A No.1 Princeton to BNL Fieldhouse for a post-holiday basketball feast. Didn’t get full? Chew on this.

The Stars (4-0) haven’t passed the eye test lately, thanks to skewed shooting, but yet they still squashed two ranked opponents and their main threat in the Hoosier Hills Conference by double digits. Princeton (4-0) has looked the part by blowing out everybody, but the Tigers haven’t faced anyone close to BNL’s caliber.

With Division I talent on both ends, it’s an early-season battle with a postseason taste.

“The only way you improve to become the best is play the best,” Princeton coach Charles Mair said. “And Bedford has proven to be the best high school girls basketball team the past two years. Turn out the lights, it’s the No.1 game in Indiana.”

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars still sitting atop polls

Dominique McBryde

Dominique McBryde and the Stars maintained their status as the No.1 team in the state.

Bedford North Lawrence, despite its offensive struggles late last week, maintained its status as the top team in Class 4-A.

The Stars are ranked No.1 in the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Class 4-A state poll. They are followed by Lawrence North, Columbus North, Homestead, Center Grove, Pike, Noblesville, Hamilton Southeastern, Mooresville and Lake Central. Penn, last year’s state runner-up, slipped out of the Top 10 after a 49-48 loss to Lake Central.

BNL, 4-0 after beating two ranked teams (Mooresville and North Central) last week, is also ranked No.1 in the all-class Indiana Basketball Coaches Association poll, followed by Lawrence North, Columbus North, Heritage Christian, Homestead, Center Grove, Pike, Penn, Mooresville and Princeton.

Princeton, ranked No.1 in Class 3-A, will visit BNL on Friday night.

The Stars went a combined 3 for 32 from 3-point range against North Central and Jeffersonville but still posted double-digit wins.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Watch BNL’s win at Jeffersonville

TheHHCSports.com. with the cooperation of the Bedford North Lawrence coaching staff, plans to post the complete game video of each BNL girls basketball regular-season contest this season.

Click on the player to watch BNL’s 35-24 win at Jeffersonville on Nov. 22.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Watch BNL vs. North Central

TheHHCSports.com. with the cooperation of the Bedford North Lawrence coaching staff, plans to post the complete game video of each BNL girls basketball regular-season contest this season.

Click on the player to watch BNL’s 54-38 win over North Central on Nov. 21.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars survive the Devils’ dare

BNLs Dominique McBryde rejects a shot by Jeffersonvilles Chelsea Lewis. McBryde scored 12 points as the Stars prevailed 35-24.

BNL’s Dominique McBryde rejects a shot by Jeffersonville’s Chelsea Lewis. McBryde scored 12 points as the Stars prevailed 35-24.

No.1 BNL struggles through

another poor shooting night

but still stops Jeffersonville

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

JEFFERSONVILLE – The game plan – Jeffersonville’s version of a triple-dog dare – was perfect. The Red Devils slowed, sagged and dared No.1 Bedford North Lawrence to prove it could hit a wide-open jump shot. It took some moxie to leave shooters open and plant all five defenders in the paint.

The Stars, the two-time defending Class 4-A state champions, struggled for the second straight night, missing bombs at an alarming rate but refused to adjust. Open? Jack it. Miss it? Fire again. Every miss played into Jeffersonville’s hands. But the Devils couldn’t muster enough offense to stun the state with an upset.

Video: Coach reaction to BNL win

Dominique McBryde scored 12 points as BNL (4-0) stroked through a swimming pool full of misfires to a 35-24 victory in the Hoosier Hills Conference opener for both teams. Alexa Bailey had 8 points before leaving with a left hamstring injury, and Jenna Allen dominated the inside with 15 rebounds.

Jeffersonvilles Hailey Lacy runs into BNLs inside dup of Jenna Allen and Dominique McBryde. The Devils hit only 9 of 34 shots.

Jeffersonville’s Hailey Lacy runs into BNL’s inside duo of Jenna Allen and Dominique McBryde. The Devils hit only 9 of 34 shots.

They are the Big 3 for BNL, the Division I signees (Purdue, Butler and Michigan State respectively) and potential Indiana All-Stars. But BNL could not hit a big three over Jeff’s super-packed zone, hitting only 2 of 22 from long range. The Devils (3-2) smiled every time they launched one.

“We played to the T,” Jeffersonville coach Mike Warren said. “We felt that was the way we had the best chance of beating them. We had to spread them out, slow it and pack it in. Our defense was phenomenal.”
BNL was stick in the mire, but the Devils had their own issues. They couldn’t handle BNL’s zone press, committing 9 first-half turnovers that allowed BNL to grind its way in front. The Devils also caught the shooting disease BNL brought with it to Johnson Arena. BNL (12 of 41 overall) had a similar outing during Friday’s win over No.10 North Central.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Watch BNL at Jeffersonville

Coaches Aid logo 2Tonight’s Bedford North Lawrence game at Jeffersonville will be broadcast live by CoachesAid.com.

The broadcast, free of charge, is the second of 10 BNL games that will be available on the Internet site. The link for the game is

http://www.coachesaid.com/login.aspx?returnUrl=videos_live_watch.aspx&id=6145

Other scheduled games will include Nov. 28 vs. Princeton; Nov. 29 vs Kettering (Oh.); Dec. 2 vs. Jennings County; Dec. 6 vs Gary West (at Indianapolis Marshall); Dec. 13 vs. Center Grove; the BNL Tournament on Jan. 1-2; and Jan. 10 at Evansville Central.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars hit ‘em with their worst shot

BNL's Dominique McBryde applies defensive pressure against North Central's Kyra Taylor. McBryde score 24 points as the Stars prevailed 54-38.

BNL’s Dominique McBryde applies defensive pressure against North Central’s Kyra Taylor. McBryde scored 24 points as the Stars prevailed 54-38.

No.1 BNL shakes off 

shooting slump to stop

No.10 North Central

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Momma said there’d be days like this. The basketball, even the smaller version the girls play with, simply would not fit through that orange iron rim on the north end of BNL Fieldhouse on Friday night.

Layups – oops. Free throws – boing. 3-pointers – no chance.

No.1 Bedford North Lawrence probably could have shot that poorly – 4 for 21 during a head-shaking first half – with its eyes closed. Perhaps the Stars were. Any other explanation makes no sense. Even the best got a little gun shy.

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Jenna Allen had 18 points and 15 rebounds as the Stars dominated the second half to stop North Central.

When the first jumper finally – finally – went down, the sense of relief was measurable. And North Central’s ability to stay within upset range went down with that Dominique McBryde 3-pointer that lit the fuse. BNL, locked in a tense 22-22 battle at halftime, went on a 19-2 run to start the second half and conquered the No.10 Panthers 54-38.

McBryde scored 24 points, most from the free-throw line, while Jenna Allen added 18 points and 15 rebounds to power BNL (3-0) to a win that lacked many of the characteristics of the back-to-back state titles the Stars are defending. Poor shooting against NC’s aggressive zone was only one first sign of problems. BNL also had 19 turnovers, many the results of questionable decisions, and fended off foul trouble.

Yet the Stars won. How? When in doubt, and there was plenty, play defense and rebound.

“Coaches always preach you stay in ballgames with defense and rebounding, and that’s exactly what happened,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well at all, and we stayed in the game against a really good basketball team.”

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Watch BNL girls live on CoachesAid

Coaches Aid logo 2Tonight’s Bedford North Lawrence game with No.10 North Central will be broadcast live by CoachesAid.com.

The broadcast, free of charge, is the first of 10 BNL games that will be available on the Internet site at www.Coachesaid.com/home.aspx

Other scheduled games will include Saturday at Jeffersonville; Nov. 28 vs. Princeton; Nov. 29 vs Kettering (Oh.); Dec. 2 vs. Jennings County; Dec. 6 vs Gary West (at Indianapolis Marshall); Dec. 13 vs. Center Grove; the BNL Tournament on Jan. 1-2; and Jan. 10 at Evansville Central.

 

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Mayhem: is BNL protected?

Jenna Allen and top-ranked BNL will face No.10 North Central on Friday night.

Jenna Allen and top-ranked BNL will face No.10 North Central on Friday night.

Top-ranked Stars plan to counter

No.10 North Central’s chaos

with discipline and execution

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Havoc, Chaos, Mayhem and Destruction. Sounds like new names of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse or the latest insurance commercial. It’s also the style of attack No.10 North Central prefers as it prepares to invade BNL Fieldhouse on Friday night.

The Panthers (2-1) prowl with pressure, force tempo and pounce on discomfort. It sets up a contrast in styles for the top-ranked Stars (2-0), who don’t back down from a fast-paced race but would prefer the discipline of their inside power game.

Those are the battle lines for the first-ever meeting before traditional state powers. BNL does not have a monopoly on state titles (North Central has three, the latest in 2012), Miss Basketball winners (Amber Harris in 2006) or Mental Attitude Award honorees (Rachael Gregory in 2012).

But BNL does have the edge in experience now. And the Stars plan to take advantage of it. North Central has only one senior (guard Kyra Taylor) on the roster and will play six sophomores or freshmen. BNL is senor drive with its version of the “Big 3.” The key words are discipline and turnovers.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Watch BNL vs. Mooresville

TheHHCSports.com. with the cooperation of the Bedford North Lawrence coaching staff, plans to post the complete game video of each BNL girls basketball regular-season contest this season.

Click on the player to watch BNL’s 57-42 win over Mooresville in the home opener on Nov. 18.