Bedford North Lawrence Girls Basketball

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SERIES: 3 key questions facing the Stars

BNL freshman Jorie Allen leads the Stars in scoring and rebounding as BNL prepares to face No.10 North Central on Friday night. Photo courtesy of QT Photography

BNL’s Jorie Allen paced the Stars in scoring and rebounding as a freshman.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

BNL seeks improvement

on offensive end as Stars

eye another sectional title

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Note: This week, with the start of official practices for fall sports looming, we’ll look at five different sports and examine the key issues heading into the 2016-17 calendar season. 

1. Can BNL generate more offensive firepower?

Bedford North Lawrence finished 19-8 and won another sectional championship while averaging only 49.1 points per game, and that average dropped drastically to a 39.3 in four tournament games. BNL struggled against the tougher teams on its schedule, when secondary options were often shut down. When points were difficult to score, when the defense was forced to determine the outcome, the margin for error was razor thin.

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BASKETBALL: BNL’s Ray set for Underclass Showcase

BNL freshman McCall Ray attacks the defense. Ray had 6 points off the bench for the Stars (3-5). Photo courtesy of QT Photography

BNL sophomore McCall Ray is scheduled to play in the IBCA-IHSAA Underclass Showcase at Ben Davis.

Bedford North Lawrence sophomore McCall Ray is scheduled to compete in the IBCA-IHSAA Underclass Showcase on July 13 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

The two-day event is designed to help athletes (approximately 100 boys and 100 girls) gain exposure to college coaches and scouts across the nation. The Girls Showcase, with three sessions of games, is scheduled from 2-8 p.m. on July 12, while the boys will follow a similar format and compete from 3-9 p.m. the following day.

The events are NCAA certified, which gives coaches from all levels an opportunity to attend and evaluate the participants.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: No BNL swoon during June

BNL coach Jeff Allen talks to his team. The Stars survived a scare and advanced to the sesctional final. BNL is the fourt-time defending tournament champion.

BNL coach Jeff Allen and the Stars, playing without their three returning starters the final three games, went 3-5 in June scrimmages.

Stars end scrimmage season

with another loss, but Allen

encouraged by team growth

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence completed its June scrimmage schedule on Tuesday night, falling to Castle 53-47 at Evansville Central.

BNL finished the month with a 3-5 record, but the Stars played their last four games – all losses – without a full roster. McKenzie Messmore (bruised knee), Allie Crulo-Rood (back) and Jorie Allen (tweaked ankle) all missed the final three games as a precaution, and Kennedy Bunch played limited minutes against Castle with a sore knee.

Three of them are returning starters. That means many Stars, especially the freshmen on the 18-player roster, got dunked into the deep water of competition and were forced to swim or sink.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Short-handed Stars struggle

BNL second-year coach Jeff Allen and the Stars will start defending the HHC title when they visit Seymour on Tuesday night. Photo courtesy of QT Photography

BNL coach Jeff Allen and the Stars went 0-3 during the team camp at Butler on Friday.

BNL, minus key players,

goes 0-3 at Butler camp

INDIANAPOLIS – Bedford North Lawrence, playing without three key players, suffered three consecutive losses during the Butler team camp on Friday.

The Stars, playing without junior McKenzie Messmore and junior Allie Crulo-Rood (both out with injuries) dropped a 63-38 decision to Lawrence North in the opening morning game.

BNL, which went without sophomore star Jorie Allen for the next two games, also suffered a 41-33 loss to Brownsburg and a 55-53 setback to Northwestern.

The Stars will conclude their June scrimmages with a road trip to Evansville Central on Tuesday.

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BASKETBALL: Stars hit the road to improve

Kennedy Bunch and the Stars went 2-1 during the Terri Moren Team Camp at Indiana University on Friday.

Kennedy Bunch and the Stars went 2-1 during the Teri Moren Team Camp at Indiana University on Friday.

BNL girls finish 2-1

during IU team camp;

boys go 1-2 at Carmel

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence spanned the state in search of competition and improvement on Friday.

The BNL girls went 2-1 during the Teri Moren Team Camp at Indiana University, dropping a two-point decision to Warren Central (after allowing a 12-point lead to vanish) before conquering Edwardsville (Ill.) by one point and clipping Archbishop Alter (of Kettering, Oh.) in overtime in the finale.

“We had a good day,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “This was really good competition for us. We learned a lot. These teams forced us to make adjustments.”

Warren Central went 12-12 last year, but the Warriors feature sophomore Shaila Beeler, projected to be one of the top point guards in the state in 2019. Edwardsville is a 4-A Illinois program that went 31-2 a year ago, and Alter was 29-3 and ranked No.5 in Ohio last season.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Shots fall like rain at BNL

Jorie Allen powers her way through a defender during Wednesdays scrimmage with Attucks. Allen scored 27 points as the Stars won 75-55.

Jorie Allen powers her way through a defender during Wednesday’s scrimmage with Attucks. Allen scored 27 points as the Stars won 75-55.

Stars showcase offensive

improvement during

scrimmage with Attucks

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The most noticeable difference – rather glaring it was, surprising after watching an offensively challenged team last winter – in Bedford North Lawrence’s debut scrimmage with Crispus Attucks was the scoring. Yes, the Stars can do that.

At times last season, when BNL struggled to generate points, averaged only 49.1 points and shot 45 percent, that was questionable. Now Wednesday’s results must be prefaced with these facts: it’s June, Attucks was late arriving after a traffic and transportation headache during its trip from Indianapolis, and nobody scouts for a summer session that doesn’t count.

Yet BNL’s 75-55 win was noteworthy for the simple fact that points were plentiful, like the heavy rain that was hammering the roof of BNL Fieldhouse while the Stars were raining down five second-half treys, while Jorie Allen was scoring 27 points.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: From tykes to terrors

BNL girls basketball coach Jeff Allen addresses his future Stars during Day 1 of the Lady Stars Fundamental Camp.

BNL girls basketball coach Jeff Allen addresses his future Stars during Day 1 of the Lady Stars Fundamental Camp.

BNL camp exposes young

athletes to the skills that

define Allen’s Lady Stars

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

They’re never too young to learn. Some of these girls, with pony tails flying and grins flashing, were barely bigger than the basketballs they were attempting – with great effort and unbridled enthusiasm – to bounce more than once without it darting away across the hardwood.

BNLs McKenzie Messmore congratulates a young camper following a successful drill.

BNL’s McKenzie Messmore congratulates a young camper following a successful drill.

They’re never too good that repetition won’t help. Some of these young women knew their way around the court, could handle themselves and display the necessary skill set of a partially polished product. Yet they were also absorbing information during the annual Lady Stars Basketball Fundamental Camp at Bedford North Lawrence.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL to scrimmage Attucks

Jorie Allen, BNL's leading scorer, and the Stars will be challenged by East Central's size when the teams clash on Saturday. Photo courtesy of QT Photography

Jorie Allen and the Stars will scrimmage Attucks, part of a busy June, on Wednesday at BNL Fieldhouse.

Bedford North Lawrence will scrimmage Indianapolis Attucks on Wednesday afternoon. Junior varsity action will begin at 4 p.m. at BNL Fieldhouse, followed by the varsity game.

Admission is $2.

Attucks, coached by Mark Stephens, went 17-5 last season and lost to Cathedral in the Class 3-A sectional.

The Stars will compete in the Indiana University team camp on Friday, facing Warren Central (10 a.m.), Edwardsville (2 p.m.) and Archbishop Alter (6 p.m.). They will also scrimmage against Southport on June 22 at Bloomington South.

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COLUMN: 2016 year in review

BNL coach Jamie Hudson and the Stars received a bye for the first round of the sectional.

Former BNL boys basketball coach Jamie Hudson was a key part in several storylines during the 2015-16 campaign.

Where did the 2015-16 season go? It was the vapor that appeared for a little while and vanished. Somewhere between August’s heat and May’s monsoon rains, Bedford North Lawrence crammed in 19 sports and several hundred events. And even when the school doors close for the short summer, the games go on.

The sports year was interesting, to understate the obvious. Basketball dominated the headlines again, of course, and captured the public interest with a controversial coaching change, but other teams and individual athletes made the campaign memorable with their accomplishments.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 stories of the past year:

20. BNL baseball raises over $9,000 in Coaches vs. Cancer game: Sometimes it doesn’t matter who wins. The Stars honored cancer survivors and remembered the disease’s victims during its annual fundraiser game with county-rival Mitchell. For the record, Austin Long struck out 10 as the Stars overpowered the Bluejackts 10-0 in six innings.

19. Megan Lambrecht shatters school record: Lambrecht, a sophomore, pulled off a unique double play, competing in track and softball simultaneously during a hectic spring. She made it worthwhile when she shattered the school record in the shot put, heaving that ball 37-11 while winning the Hoosier Hills Conference title in that event.

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Coach of the Year Award

BNL golf coch Mike Wright guided the Stars to the 2016 state finals. Photo courtesy of Angie Tidd

BNL golf coach Mike Wright guided the Stars to the 2016 state finals.
Photo courtesy of Angie Tidd

Wright guided BNL golf

to state finals for first

time since 2009 season

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence boys golf coach Mike Wright was named TheHHCSports.com Coach of the Year after leading the Stars to the 2016 state finals.

Wright, in his 18th season, guided BNL to the Hoosier Hills Conference title, its first since 2011. The Stars finished second in the IHSAA sectional at Indiana University, then qualified for their first appearance in the state championship since 2009 with a third-place finish against a loaded field in the regional at Champions Pointe.

“Getting to the state finals is an accomplishment in itself, but going there with a sectional no longer at Otis Park is something,” Wright said. “Getting there, not going through Otis (the sectional was moved in 2013) means a little more.

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