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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Eagles land shots on faraway Stars

Kennedy Bunch

Kennedy Bunch

Jorie Allen

Jorie Allen

No.10 Zionsville pulls away

in second half for 73-49 win

as BNL drops third straight

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ZIONSVILLE – When the Eagles landed, Bedford North Lawrence was stranded.

Class 4-A No.10 Zionsville got hot in the second half and shot down the Stars 73-49 on Saturday afternoon. Rachel McLimore, an Indiana Junior All-Star who transferred into the Zionsville program after last season, scored 26 points as the Eagles handed BNL (4-3) its third straight setback.

After a slow start, BNL rallied to take a 33-31 lead early in the third quarter. Then the roof caved in as the Eagles stroked shot after shot, forced BNL from its zone defense, and left the Stars gasping. Zionsville hit 15 of 19 shots in the second half and went on an 18-0 run to end the suspense.

“They just got hot,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “They’re a very good team, and if they can shoot like that, they’re going to be tough to beat. McLimore took over in the third quarter, and they had other kids start shooting lights out. We stayed in the zone as long as we could. I thought we were doing well in our zone, but they started making shots.”

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Oh, shoot. Accuracy issue for Stars

BNL sophomore Jorie Allen and the Stars will look to end a two-game skid when they visit No.10 Zionsville on Saturday afternoon.

BNL sophomore Jorie Allen and the Stars will look to end a two-game skid when they visit No.10 Zionsville on Saturday afternoon.

BNL seeks to end 2-game

skid when it makes tough

trip to 4-A No.10 Zionsville

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Hired guns of the Old West lived, or died, off their accuracy. Movies and television hype the gunslinger’s quick draw, but fast was not always best. Nerves of steel and deadly aim got the job done better than wildly firing off stray bullets that missed the target.

Bedford North Lawrence proved that fact, in basketball terms, during its last two games. Launching bombs without a guidance system does not produce more damage or points. You have to hit something. The Stars didn’t even shoot themselves in the foot.

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After back-to-back losses, BNL (4-2) will look for answers as it prepares for another difficult assignment. The Stars will visit Class 4-A No.10 Zionsville (5-1) on Saturday for an afternoon matinee that won’t be cheap.

BNL’s recent stumbles can be traced to a season-long problem: shooting. The Stars, promising a free-flowing offense to capitalize on additional firepower, are connecting on 39 percent of their shots – only 27 percent from 3-point range. Take away the torrid night at Mitchell, and those numbers drop to an alarming level.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Devils stick a fork in Stars

BNL's Kennedy Bunch looks for help while facing defensive pressure. Jeffersonville clamped down on BNL's offense and ended a 9-game losing streak in the series with a 43-34 win.

BNL’s Kennedy Bunch looks for help while facing defensive pressure. Jeffersonville clamped down on BNL’s offense and ended a 9-game losing streak in the series with a 43-34 win.

Jeffersonville ends 9-game

losing streak to BNL with

dominating 43-34 victory

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

JEFFERSONVILLE – The scouting report was perfect, down to the last detail, but of course Jeffersonville had months to come up with a game plan to conquer its nemesis. This time, the Red Devils executed it, dotting every ‘I’ and crossing every ‘T’ while erasing a frustrating losing streak.

Every move BNL made was countered, every play call was defended, every pet move was expected. The Red Devils could not have scripted it any better. And the Stars, suddenly reeling, could not have performed much worse.

Mike Warren guided the Red Devils (2-2) to their first win over BNL in his tenure.

Mike Warren guided the Red Devils (2-2) to their first win over BNL in his tenure.

In the midst of that perfect storm, Jeffersonville clamped down for a 43-34 victory on Saturday night in Johnson Arena, ending BNL’s 9-game winning in the series. Jaelyn Lee, one of two Jeff seniors who did not know what beating BNL felt like, scored 13 points and freshman Nan Garcia added 10 as the Red Devils (2-2 overall, 1-0 in the Hoosier Hills Conference) handed the Stars their second straight loss.

The Devils also stuck a fork in BNL’s aspirations of reclaiming the league title. BNL (4-2, 1-1) is certainly not done, but now BNL’s aura of near-invincibility in the conference has vanished. The race is wide open.

Wide open? BNL shooters didn’t find much free space. When they did, they misfired at a scary rate. The Stars were a frigid 24 percent (11 of 45) from the field, and that won’t beat anyone, most certainly an opponent that has been ready for the moment since last year’s sectional final.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Panthers leave claw marks

Jorie Allen

BNL’s Jorie Allen powers her way past a defender. Allen scored 15 points, but the Stars suffered a 61-37 loss to No.4 North Central on Friday night.

No.4 North Central wears

down BNL with pressure,

pulls away to 61-37 victory

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The difference between a diamond and a lump of coal? Pressure.

The main difference between Class 4-A No.4 North Central and No.13 Bedford North Lawrence? Ditto.

In a battle classified as a tape-measure game, the Stars came up far short, surrendering to North Central’s relentless, swarming, claws-and-paws defensive pressure during a 61-37 setback on Friday night at BNL Fieldhouse. BNL had neither the athletes, nor the mental persistence, to withstand the constant barrage of traps, harassment and challenges.

Rikki Harris, one of the highly-ranked recruiting targets in the nation’s sophomore class, scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while directing an all-out blitz that left BNL gasping and grasping. The Stars were clinging like hairs on a static-charged shirt, down 31-26 midway through the third quarter. But they lost their tentative grip and got dusted from that point.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Can Stars survive pressure cooker?

BNL's Allie Crulo-Rood scans the court. The Stars started with a win over Mooresville, now they will face Seymour in the HHC opener.

BNL’s ability to handle defensive pressure will be tested when the Stars (4-0) face No.4 North Central (3-0) on Friday night at BNL Fieldhouse.

BNL faces extreme weekend

tests against No.4 North

Central and Jeffersonville

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Somebody out there, a coach with the power of the ballot, believes North Central is the best team in the state. Bedford North Lawrence will test that opinion, on the court where theories are tested and facts matter, on Friday night.

Officially, North Central is No.4 in the latest Class 4-A poll, and the Panthers (3-0) will present BNL’s biggest challenge yet this season. How good are the No.13 Stars? With no disrespect to the first four opponents that have been vanquished, they are about to find out, in a pressure cooker.

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North Central thrives on its defensive tenacity, on its ability to press, to create chaos and panic. The Panthers forced 30 turnovers during their recent 71-44 demolition of Mooresville, and BNL can sympathize. The Stars coughed up 31 during last year’s 39-31 loss at North Central. When the turnover total matches the point total, it’s bad news.

“That’s the focus,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “We have to take care of the basketball. We feel like, if we do that, we’ll be in a good position to compete with them. hopefully put ourselves in a position to win.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars scratch past these cats

Jorie Alen

BNL’s Jorie Allen powers her way through traffic in the lane. Allen had 17 rebounds as the Stars muscled past Bloomington South 37-29 on Tuesday night.

BNL grinds out 37-29

road triumph over

Panthers to go 4-0

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

BLOOMINGTON – Few shots were falling. Now that could the result of Bloomington South switching out regular rims for the carnival-size targets, and certainly nobody was going home with a fluffy stuffed animal as a prize. Or perhaps about 14 kids need to visit their eye doctor.

The wall of bricks in front of her did not faze Bedford North Lawrence sophomore Allie Fugate. Shooters always believe, in their stone-cold hearts, the next one is going down. Her last one sure did, and with it went Bloomington South.

McKenzie Messmore drives and dishes to an open teammate. Messmore had 9 points.

McKenzie Messmore drives and dishes to an open teammate. Messmore had 9 points.

Fugate drained a corner 3-pointer with 1:13 left, propping up her tettering team as the Class 4-A No.13 Stars scratched out a 37-29 victory over the Panthers on Tuesday night and improved to 4-0 with one of those grind-it-out wins that South always seems to demand.

Nothing about South is pretty, not unless purple is a preferred color, and some of the bruises on both teams will turn that hue. This was a grim, grabby battle, when a basket should have been awarded a purple heart. Fugate’s bomb, with her team clinging to a 30-27 lead before it swished so smoothly, sucked the air out of the place.

What is it about South-BNL clashes that creates these games? “It’s this way every time,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said, and that includes the time a recent state champion made the same trip and struggled. One reason is South is a tenacious defensive team. Now if the Panthers could only shoot, this might have had a different ending.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL working on road construction

BNL senior Kennedy Bunch and the Stars will face a tough road test at Bloomington South on Tuesday night.

BNL senior Kennedy Bunch and the Stars will face a tough road test at Bloomington South on Tuesday night.

Stars facing tough challenge

during trip to face 2-0 South

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Driving and navigating the main highways in Monroe County, now a mess of traffic cones, speed limits and heavy equipment, is a challenge of patience and planning. Leave a little early, expect some problems, stay focused.

That also describes Bedford North Lawrence’s journey to Bloomington South on Tuesday night. The unbeaten Stars, ranked No.13 in Class 4-A, are facing their first real road test against a quality opponent, and it’s a trip that could – with one wrong turn – be an accident waiting to happen.

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The Panthers (2-0) have always been difficult to conquer, even though BNL has won five straight in the series. None of those victories came with style points.

“They’ve always played us tough,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. ‘We’ve gone up there with some good basketball teams and barely got out of there with some wins. So it’s not a easy place to win. They’re going to be ready to compete.”

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL rises to No.19 in IBCA poll

Jeff Allen addresses his team during Day 1 of official practice for the 2016-17 season.

BNL coach Jeff Allen and the Stars are ranked No.19 in the latest IBCA poll.

Bedford North Lawrence, for the first time this season, cracked the Top 20 in the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association girls basketball state poll.

The Stars (3-0) are ranked No.19 in the poll, which is not divided into class divisions. BNL has opened with impressive wins over Mooresville, Seymour and Mitchell, and this week the Stars face challenges against Bloomington South, North Central and Jeffersonville.

Columbus North is ranked No.1, followed by Homestead, Carmel and North Central.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Pink is the new black and blue

BNL's Jenna Allen eyes the basket while powering through Mitchell defenders. Allen scored 25 points as the Stars slammed the Bluejackets 83-21 on Saturday night.

BNL’s Jorie Allen eyes the basket while powering through Mitchell defenders. Allen scored 25 points as the Stars slammed the Bluejackets 83-21 on Saturday night.

BNL continues its dominance

of county rival with crushing

83-21 blowout of Bluejackets

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

MITCHELL – Only one team looked pretty in pink.

Bedford North Lawrence and Mitchell, county rivalries that joined forces to raise money for cancer research, were on opposite ends of the color spectrum on Saturday night. The Stars were white hot, and the Bluejackets were left black and blue from all the damage BNL dished out.

The Stars, ranked No.12 in Class 4-A, wasted little time or energy while crushing Mitchell 83-21, the worst beating in the series since it became an annual event. That also represents the most points BNL has scored since burning Bloomington North for 87 two years ago, and it’s the biggest margin of victory since that 87-22 win over the Cougars.

The Bluejackets were 2-0 for the first time in 10 years, but that didn’t last long. BNL (3-0) exploded for a 13-0 lead that forced Mitchell coach Matt Sowders to call two timeouts during the first three minutes, and that was only the beginning. The Stars blasted to a 51-8 lead at halftime.

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