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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Watch BNL vs. Madison

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 57-37 victory at Madison on Dec. 20.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL ‘tigers’ maul Madison

Jenna Allen grabs a rebound. Allen had 20 - more than Madison's entire team - as the Stars steamrolled to a 57-37 win on Saturday.

Jenna Allen grabs a rebound. Allen had 20 boards – more than Madison’s entire team – as the Stars steamrolled to a 57-37 win on Saturday.

McBryde-Allen combination

leaves claw marks as No.1 Stars

power to 57-37 win over Cubs

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

MADISON – Jenna Allen prowled the paint, pouncing on almost every rebound. Dominique McBryde clawed her way to the rim, leaving gash marks as she scored.  They could not be caged on Saturday afternoon.

With the destructive duo on the rampage, top-ranked Bedford North Lawrence flashed its tiger fangs and ripped into Madison during the second half, powering to a 57-37 victory while affirming its dominance in the Hoosier Hills Conference.

Video: BNL conquers Madison

McBryde scored 25 points while Allen added 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds – more than Madison’s entire team. The Cubs, ranked No.11 in Class 3-A, are not mincemeat, but the BNL power and ferocity wore them down and knocked them out.

BNL senior Dominique McBryde scored 25 points, including 17 in the second half.

BNL senior Dominique McBryde scored 25 points, including 17 in the second half.

BNL (11-0, 4-0 in the league) was sputtering midway through the second quarter. The Cubs (7-4, 2-3) were within one possession, and the Stars were wasting possessions at an alarming rate with seven second-quarter turnovers. A late surge gave BNL a 34-25 lead at the half, and Madison star Olivia Crozier started the third quarter with a corner jumper.

From that point, the Cubs got very quiet. BNL didn’t allow another basket until 19 seconds remained in the third quarter, and McBryde – a little leg weary from chasing Crozier all over the court – exploded for 17 second-half points. The tigers were loose, hungry and untamed. Madison was raw meat.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Refreshed Stars ready to roll again

Jenna Allen and the top-ranked Stars will return to action on Saturday at Madison. Photo courtesy of Varsity Views

Jenna Allen and the top-ranked Stars will return to action on Saturday at Madison.
Photo courtesy of Varsity Views

No.1 BNL looks to extend

HHC dominance when it

faces Class 3-A No.11 Cubs

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

For the first time since the first shot was fired on Nov. 15, after playing almost half of its regular-season schedule in a 29-day span, top-ranked Bedford North Lawrence has slowed down . . . taken a collective deep breath . . . and relaxed.

The Stars have earned it. They have tightened their grip on No.1, beating four ranked teams during the opening dash, and done it with senior guard Alexa Bailey – henceforth to be known as the Lady General – on the sideline as an assistant coach for the last six games.

BNL didn’t know how to act. No practice? No game looming in 24 hours? A week to prepare for an opponent? No, snow days did not cause the schedule hole. No team, outside of the NBA, can keep up that hectic schedule forever without suffering a lapse. Or a loss.

“It has allowed us to refresh,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “The kids feel relaxed.”

With renewed energy, BNL will start the next phase, going on the road to meet Class 3-A No.11 Madison on Saturday afternoon. The Stars (10-0, 3-0 in the league) still have obstacles remaining in their quest to win a fourth straight Hoosier Hills Conference championship, and the Cubs (7-3, 2-2) represent one of the tougher challenges.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Watch BNL’s win over Center Grove

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 46-33 victory over Center Grove on Dec. 13.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL No.1 across the board

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Dominique McBryde and the Stars are ranked No.1 in all the state polls. Photo courtesy of Varsity Views

Bedford North Lawrence remained No.1 in the latest Class 4-A and IBCA polls, and the Stars also climbed to the top spot in the new Sagarin computer power rankings.

BNL (10-0) topped the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association 4-A poll, remaining in front of Lawrence North (10-0), Homestead (7-0), Noblesville (9-0) and Columbus North (6-1). The rest of the top 10 included Center Grove (6-1 following its 46-33 loss to BNL on Saturday), Pike (7-1), Penn (7-1), Lake Central (9-1) and Hamilton Southeastern (9-1).

The Stars are also the unanimous No.1 in the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association poll that does not separate by class. They are followed by Lawrence North, Heritage Christian (9-0), Columbus North, Homestead, Center Grove, Pike, Noblesville, Lake Central and Penn.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars leave Trojans on ‘island’

Center Groves Lauren Rau drives against BNLs Erin Bradley. Rau scored 19 points, but BNLs defenseshut down everyone else as the No.1 Stars prevailed 46-33.

Center Grove’s Lauren Rau drives against BNL’s Erin Bradley. Rau scored 19 points, but BNL’s defense shut down everyone else as the No.1 Stars prevailed 46-33.

No.1 BNL clamps down

on defensive end for 46-33

win over No.4 Center Grove

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

In the National Football League, when defensive cornerbacks are left one-on-one against a top-threat wide receiver, it’s called “being on an island.” They are alone, exposed and isolated, with no help.

Dominique McBryde

Dominique McBryde

Bedford North Lawrence took that strategy to the extreme on Saturday afternoon against No.4 Center Grove. BNL coach Jeff Allen, fearing Center Grove’s ability to drive and dish, to penetrate and kick to open 3-point shooters, removed all help responsibility from the game plan. Every BNL defender was assigned one task: stop your man.

The Trojans were the ones stranded. Dominique McBryde scored 22 points, Jenna Allen added 12 points and 15 rebounds, and the top-ranked Stars (10-0) smothered all but one of Center Grove’s weapons while conquering the Trojans 46-33 in the Saturday afternoon matinee of unbeatens.

Video: BNL stops Center Grove

After a slow and sluggish start, when neither team was auditioning for a role in the next coaching clinic “how’to” DVD, McBryde shifted the Stars from sputtering to smooth. She handled almost every chore – point guard, wing man and defensive stopper. She got help from Allen in the second half, when Allen scored all her points.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Trojan horse in BNL’s midst

BNLs Jenna Allen and the top-ranked Stars will face No.4 Center Grove on Saturday afternoon.

BNLs Jenna Allen and the top-ranked Stars will face No.4 Center Grove on Saturday afternoon.

No.4 Center Grove to challenge

BNL’s reign at No.1 during

Saturday clash of unbeatens

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

During its ascension to Indiana’s basketball throne and its current reign, Bedford North Lawrence has faced a multitude of powerful challengers and worthy contenders for the crown it wears. The kingdom is under constant siege.

Another attacker, heavily armed and prepared for the ultimate encounter, is knocking on the castle door.

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Center Grove statistics

The top-ranked Stars, the two-time defending Class 4-A state champions, will welcome No.4 Center Grove to BNL Fieldhouse for a Saturday afternoon battle of unbeatens. The Trojans are 8-0 following their most impressive triumph, a 74-46 conquest of highly-regarded Bloomington South on Thursday night. One of the 22 undefeated teams in the state will taste defeat.

BNL has already fended off the slings and arrows of three ranked opponents and the foreign invasion from one of Ohio’s best this season. This could be the greatest threat yet.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Watch BNL vs. Center Grove live

Coaches Aid logo 2Saturday’s Bedford North Lawrence game vs. Class 4-A No.4 Center Grove will be broadcast live by CoachesAid.com.

The broadcast, free of charge, is the seventh of 10 BNL games that will be available on the Internet site. Here is the link: CoachesAid.com.

Other scheduled games will include the BNL Tournament on Jan. 2-3; and Jan. 10 at Evansville Central.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars sense fear and strike

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BNL’s Jenna Allen wades through traffic in the paint. Allen had 16 points and 9 rebounds as the Stars thumped New Albany 57-26 on Tuesday night.

No.1 BNL clamps down

on quivering Bulldogs

for 57-26 road triumph

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

NEW ALBANY – Bedford North Lawrence could sense the fear. The odor was undeniable. So were the top-ranked Stars.

The line between respect for a powerful opponent and fear can be easily crossed. New Albany not only smudged that mark, it completely erased it on Tuesday night.

Video: BNL punishes New Albany

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Freshman guard McKenzie Messmore works around a defender. Messmore had 10 points.

BNL, the two-time defending Class 4-A state champion, rumbled into the Dog House and collared the Bulldogs 57-26. Jenna Allen, a Michigan State recruit, had 16 points and 9 rebounds while Purdue-bound Dominique McBryde added 14 points.

The Stars (9-0) were never threatened as they won their 26th straight Hoosier Hills Conference game and took another step toward their fourth consecutive league title. New Albany (4-2, 0-1) never posed resistance. BNL opened with a 10-1 run and blasted away from there.

If New Albany, which won its first four games of the season, was using BNL as a measuring device, the Bulldogs came up well short. New Albany was also playing its first 4-A opponent of the year, and it didn’t look ready for the show – especially not for the best in class.

“It’s nothing new,” New Albany coach Tammy Geron said. “We’ve been facing this for three years now. The kids have to play, and we didn’t play.

“I was disappointed in our demeanor, in our character, in our competitiveness. We didn’t execute the game plan in the first quarter, dug ourselves a hole, and then you have to come out of the game plan and do things you didn’t prepare to do. That’s on us.”

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars tighten grip on top spot

Jenna Allen

Jenna Allen and the Stars (8-0) are ranked No.1 in both state polls.

Bedford North Lawrence remained locked in the No.1 position in the latest Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Class 4-A state poll.

The Stars (8-0) are also the unanimous No.1 in the all-class Indiana Basketball Coaches Association rankings.

In 4-A, BNL tops the list that includes Lawrence North (6-0), Homestead (6-0), Center Grove (7-0), Noblesville (8-0), Columbus North (4-1), Pike (5-0), Lake Central (7-1), Penn (5-1) and Hamilton Southeastern (7-1).

The Stars, ranked ranked 14th nationally by MaxPreps and 12th by USA Today, is still No.4 in the Sagarin computer power ratings (with a total rating of 106.04) behind Class 2-A power Heritage Christian (109.05), Pike (107.73) and Lawrence North (106.27). BNL’s schedule is rated 10th toughest in the state.

The Stars, after visiting New Albany on Tuesday, will host No.4 Center Grove on Saturday.