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GIRLS BASKETBALL: McBryde, Allen in ESPN’s Top 100

BNL's Dominique McBryde and Jenna Allen are ranked among the top recruits in the country by ESPN.

BNL’s Dominique McBryde and Jenna Allen are ranked among the top recruits in the country by ESPN.

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence seniors Dominique McBryde and Jenna Allen are listed in ESPN’s Top 100 recruits for the 2015 class.

McBryde, who has verbally committed to Purdue, is ranked No.28 with a five-star rating. Allen, who recently switched from Indiana University to Michigan State following the summer coaching change at IU, is ranked No.74 with a four-star rating.

Other Indiana players on the ESPN list include Columbus North’s Ali Patberg (Notre Dame, No.14), Merrillville’s Victoria Gaines (Michigan State, No.23), South Bend Washington’s Tiara Murphy (Purdue, No.30), Pike’s Brittany Ward (Butler, No.34), Lawrence North’s Lamina Cooper (Purdue, No.44), and Fort Wayne Canterbury’s Darby Maggard (undecided, No.89).

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Allen chooses Michigan State

Jenna Allen has worked to become a weapon at the free-throw line, where she's shooting 82 percent this season.

Jenna Allen has verbally committed to play for Michigan State.

BNL center verbally

commits to join

the Big Ten champs

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence senior Jenna Allen has verbally committed to play college basketball at Michigan State.

The Spartans were her second choice when she committed to Indiana University in August of 2013. She reopened her recruitment following the resignation of Curt Miller as the Indiana women’s coach.

Miller’s surprising departure on July 25 spurred Allen to rethink her position. She visited Michigan State over the holiday weekend and fell in love with the campus and the program.

“I just fell in love with the girls on the team and the whole campus,” she said. “I just love everything about it. I’m really excited.”

Allen waited to make her decision until after Indiana hired Teri Moren as its new coach. Allen talked with the Hoosiers and was targeted by Butler (with former BNL coaches Kurt Godlevske and Damon Bailey now heading that staff). But playing in the Big Ten was always her ultimate goal.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: IU hires Moren as coach

Seymour native Teri Moren has been named the new women's basketball coach at Indiana University.

Seymour native Teri Moren has been named the new women’s basketball coach at Indiana University.

BLOOMINGTON – Indiana University has hired Indiana State’s Teri Moren, a Seymour native, as its new women’s basketball coach.

Moren succeeds Curt Miller, who unexpectedly resigned in July. Miller coached the Hoosiers for two seasons and went 32-32, including a 21-win campaign last year and a run to the WNIT semifinals, while rebuilding the program with good recruiting.

His departure pushed Bedford North Lawrence senior center Jenna Allen to reopen her recruitment.

Moren, a former Indiana All-Star who played at Purdue, is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Moren served as head coach at the University of Indianapolis and worked as the associate head coach at Georgia Tech.  She spent the last five seasons as head coach at Indiana State, leading the Sycamores to their first 20-win season in eight years.

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BASKETBALL: IHSAA considering proposal

The Indiana High School Athletic Association will consider a proposed alteration to the state basketball tournaments during the October meeting of the Executive Committee.

The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, after completing a two-year study, has proposed keeping the current four-class system but trimming the 4-A level to the top 64 schools in terms of enrollment. They would be divided into 16 sectionals, with all the games in the four-team tournaments played on a Saturday.

The remainder of the schools would be split evenly into the remaining three classes and divided into 16 sectionals in each class. They will still compete on the Tuesday-Friday-Saturday format.

Under this proposal, Bedford North Lawrence, Jeffersonville, New Albany and Floyd Central (teams in the current six-team field at Seymour) would remain in 4-A, but Jennings County would be the team on the bubble (at No.65 in enrollment) and slip down to 3-A.

Columbus East, Seymour and Madison would also be in 3-A.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars fill coaching spots

BNL assistant coach Brett Holtz talks with new freshman coach Mandy Schmahl, who played at South Dearborn and Hanover College.

BNL assistant coach Brett Holtz talks with new varsity assistant Mandy Harrell.

Harrell promoted to varsity

assistant’s position as Stars

prepare to defend their title

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

New head coach Jeff Allen did not have to look very far – about two seats down the bench – to fill an important vacancy on the Bedford North Lawrence staff.

Mandy Harrell, who served as the freshman coach last season during her first with the program, was promoted to varsity assistant. Jim Lewis was hired to step into the freshman position. With those holes plugged, the Stars can now focus on the task of winning an unprecedented third straight Class 4-A state championship.

Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen

Allen used comfort level and trust factor as part of the criteria for his choices. The move of Harrell into the second-in-command position is especially key.

“She’s a person that can not only help me while I’m here but can continue to help BNL basketball, and keep the tradition and progress we’ve made, going even when I’m gone,” Allen said. ”

“I think she has what it takes to be a really good high school coach. She has the demeanor and the basketball IQ. She played the game at a pretty high level, and you can just see, when she works on the floor with the kids, she does a good job of teaching basketball.”

Harrell was an academic All-State selection at South Dearborn in 2002 and an academic All-HCAC choice during her playing career at Hanover College. She also served as an assistant coach at Hanover. After a short stint at Jennings County, she has fit in perfectly with the Stars.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Allen reopens recruiting

BNL's Jenna Allen has decided to reopen her recruitment.

BNL’s Jenna Allen has decided to reopen her recruitment.

BNL senior center waiting

on IU to hire new coach

before making her decision

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence senior center Jenna Allen has reopened her recruitment following the resignation of Curt Miller as the Indiana women’s coach.

Allen, one of the top centers in the Midwest, verbally committed to the Hoosiers in August of 2013. But Miller’s surprising departure on July 25 spurred Allen to rethink her position. She will wait on the Hoosiers to hire a new coach, but she will also listen to other offers.

“We’re not saying no to IU, but it’s a situation, going into her senior year, where we have to make sure it’s the right fit and have options in case it’s not,” said Jeff Allen, Jenna’s father and the new head coach at BNL. “We felt like we had done our homework, and Jenna felt IU was the best fit with Coach Miller. Obviously the variable has changed.”

Allen has been one of the key figures during BNL’s drive to back-to-back Class 4-A state championships. She averaged 14.9 points and 8.7 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line last season.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: IHSAA to poll members over semistate sites

Lawrence North's charge is based partly on BNL students dressed in this attire. Photo courtesy of Wet Ink Designs

Lawrence North’s charge is based partly on BNL students dressed in this attire.
Photo courtesy of Wet Ink Designs

The Indiana High School Athletic Association, acting on the complaints leveled by Lawrence North following the Class 4-A semistate at Bedford North Lawrence, will poll its members to determine if semistate games should be held on neutral courts.

The IHSAA, according to reports, conducted three meetings (the last on July 9) with Lawrence North and BNL officials. Lawrence North alleged its girls basketball team and fans were the targets of racial taunts and behavior from the crowd at BNL on March 1. The Stars conquered the top-ranked Wildcats in overtime en route to their second straight Class 4-A state championship.

Members of the BNL student section wore safari gear, as part of a coordinated theme for “hunting Wildcats”, and two students wore gorilla suits. Those actions were viewed as racial, and members of the Lawrence North team said they heard racial comments during the game. The students had worn the gorilla suits during previous games. Callahan, acting on a complaint from the Lawrence North principal, asked the students to remove the suits, and they complied.

The IHSAA will survey members this fall over the issue. Semistate sites are selected prior to the season and games are assigned following the conclusion of the regionals. Tournament hosts will continue to be eligible to play at home for the sectional and regional level.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: IU women’s coach resigns

BLOOMINGTON – Indiana University women’s basketball coach Curt Miller, citing “personal health and family reasons,” has unexpectedly resigned.

Miller coached the Hoosiers for two seasons and went 32-32, including a 21-win campaign last year and a run to the WNIT semifinals, while rebuilding the program with good recruiting.

Associate head coach Curtis Loyd will serve as interim coach.

Bedford North Lawrence senior Jenna Allen has verbally committed to Indiana.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: McBryde powers Indiana to win

BNL's Dominique McBryde averaged xx.x points per game in four games for Indiana at the Rising Senior Academy.

BNL’s Dominique McBryde averaged 15.0 points per game in four games for Indiana at the Rising Senior Academy.

INDIANAPOLIS – Bedford North Lawrence’s Dominique McBryde scored 21 points as the Indiana girls thumped Ohio 68-58 in the final game of the Rising Senior Academy at Ben Davis High School on Tuesday morning.

BNL’s Alexa Bailey added 2 points.

Indiana went 3-1 during the two-day event, and McBryde (a Purdue recruit) scored in double figures in each game, averaging 15.0 points.

The rest of the Indiana team (members of the Indiana Junior All-Stars coached by Columbus North’s Pat McKee) included Homestead’s Josie Fisher, South Bend Washington’s Tiara Murphy, Merrillville’s Victoria Gaines, NorthWood’s Jordyn Frantz, Lawrence North’s Lamina Cooper, Pike’s Brittany Ward, Evansville Mater Dei’s Tori Schickel and Madison’s Olivia Crozier.

 

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: McBryde, Bailey on the Rise

BNL's Dominique McBryde drives past an Ohio defender for a layup during the Rising Seniors Academy at Ben Davis on Monday.

BNL’s Dominique McBryde drives past an Ohio defender for a layup during the Rising Seniors Academy at Ben Davis on Monday.

BNL duo competing

for Indiana in Rising

Senior Academy games

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

INDIANAPOLIS – The basketball clock is ticking, louder with each passing summer game, for Bedford North Lawrence seniors Dominique McBryde and Alexa Bailey.

Video: Rising Seniors Academy

Their final season as a Star awaits, with back-to-back Class 4-A state championships to defend. Once that drama plays out, they will be among the fortunate to continue their careers on the college level.

And then? The odds indicate their careers will conclude. Sad, but true. For a teenager, immortal and impervious, five years is an eternity. But after this summer, their lives will change. This is their last whirlwind tour with the Traveling Sisterhood of basketball junkies and their tight circle of parents and second families.

“I just love playing,” McBryde said. “And this is my last year of it, so I’m doing what I can.”

This week, that means an appearance in the second annual Rising Senior Academy at Ben Davis High School, a showcase event staged by the National High School Basketball Coaches Association. Not that McBryde and Bailey (and include absent teammate Jenna Allen, enjoying a well-earned family vacation in the mix) need much more exposure.

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