BNL’s senior stars ready
to fill void left by departed
shooters in the backcourt
By Justin Sokeland
All summer long, the same burning question, posed by hand-wringing, frowning worry warts, swirled around the Bedford North Lawrence basketball program. “Who is going to shoot 3-pointers next season?”
For the best sound effect, picture the inquiry in the cartoon voice of ancient and always-negative Hanna-Barbera character Hardy Har Har – “Oh dear, oh my” – or the shrill shrieking of Prissy, Scarlett O’Hara’s maid in Gone With The Wind. (If those references are dated, try Youtube).
Suppose for a moment, for the sake of argument, that question is the most important issue confronting the Stars as they prepare to chase their third consecutive Class 4-A state championship. The graduation of backcourt starters Brittani Rizzi, who finished third in state history with 279 career treys and third in school history with 1,138 points, and Sammy Dillman, who drilled several clutch bombs during her stint as the club quarterback, did create a void.
Last season, the Stars hit 156 3-pointers and shot a torrid 40 percent from that range. Rizzi buried 79, Dillman totaled 39, and reserve Whitney Wilson added 17. The rest of this year’s returning cast combined attempted only 39.
The Rizzi Phenomenon was real. Opposing coaches constantly talked about “picking your poison” with the BNL inside-outside attack, and they usually chose to take away Rizzi with a person-on-person defensive strategy, rather than zone the middle to clog the path for Jenna Allen and Dominique McBryde. Without that threat, BNL expects to run into zone, after zone, after zone.
Cue Chicken Little. “The sky is falling!”
Oh ye, of little faith.