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GIRLS BASKETBALL: All-Stars set scrimmages

Jenna Allen and the Indiana All-Stars will scrimmage in Richmond and Columbus in June.

Jenna Allen and the Indiana All-Stars will scrimmage in Richmond and Columbus in June.

The Indiana All-Stars will scrimmage the Junior All-Stars on June 8 in Richmond and June 10 at Columbus North.

The girls game will start at 6, followed by the boys at 8, at both sites as the All-Stars prepare to face Kentucky on June 12 at Transylvania University in Lexington and on June 13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Bedford North Lawrence’s Dominique McBryde, Jenna Allen and Alexa Bailey will report to Marian University to begin their All-Star week on June 6. The Indiana girls are coached by Barr-Reeve’s Mark Holt.

Columbus East’s Brent Chitty was named the boys coach, and East’s Parker Chitty will play on the Junior All-Stars during one of the scrimmage games.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: South rises to Classic victory

BNL's Dominique McBryde drives against  North's Jordan Franz during the North-South Classic. McBryde scored 13 points as the SOuth prevailed 83-81.

BNL’s Dominique McBryde drives against North’s Jordan Franz during the North-South Classic. McBryde scored 13 points as the SOuth prevailed 83-81.

Patberg and BNL power duo

propel South to 83-81 victory

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

MARION – All-Star games are all fun and giggles until it’s time to win. That’s when serious players, driven and proud, change their countenance and approach. The intensity level rises. So did the South, again, during Sunday afternoon’s North-South Classic at Indiana Wesleyan.

Winning time meant Bedford North Lawrence’s Jenna Allen, Dominique McBryde and Alexa Bailey  were on the court, along with Miss Basketball Ali Patberg. They have been teammates – and rivals – for countless games during their high school careers, which are now drawing to a close.

So one more time, they banded together, to win.

Patberg scored 26 points, McBryde totaled 13 and Allen added 12, powering the South to an 83-81 triumph over the North. They made the important plays as the South battled back from a four-point deficit in the final four minutes.

Even on a spring Sunday, even during an All-Star contest that was more ceremonial than serious, they took winning personally. And they personally made sure. With the outcome on the line, Allen scored from point-blank range (via a McBryde pass), McBryde slashed to a fast-break layup (off a Patberg assist), and Paterg hit two free throws for the winning points with 29.2 seconds left.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL trio to play in North-South

Alexa Bailey

Alexa Bailey

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Jenna Allen

Dominique McBryde

Dominique McBryde

Bedford North Lawrence seniors Dominique McBryde, Jenna Allen and Alexa Bailey were selected to compete in the 27th annual North-South All-Star Classic on April 19 at Indiana Wesleyan in Marion.

McBryde averaged 20.0 points and 6.4 rebounds, Allen totaled 16.0 points and 10.9 rebounds, and Bailey contributed 6.6 points and 4.8 assists as the Stars finished 26-1.

The girls game  will begin at 2 p.m., followed by the boys game. The doubleheader is sponsored by Hoosier Basketball Magazine.

Mooresville’s Mark Hurt will coach the South girls.

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COLUMN: Dollars, no sense, create another semi-mess

Seymour hosted a boys basketball semistate that included Richmond on Saturday. Richmond, which was also scheduled to host a semistate, forfeited its tournament when the Red Devils were assigned to play Evansville Reitz in Seymour by the IHSAA.

Seymour hosted a boys basketball semistate that included Richmond on Saturday. Richmond, which was also scheduled to host a semistate, forfeited its tournament when the Red Devils were assigned to play Evansville Reitz in Seymour by the IHSAA.

IHSAA under fire, again, after

deciding to send Richmond

to Seymour for hoops semistate

On Saturday afternoon, in the first recorded case of Hoosier Anti-Hysteria in the 105 years of the boys basketball state tournament, Seymour hosted a semistate, welcoming a large contingent of visitors who didn’t want to be there.

When Richmond won the Class 4-A regional at Southport last week, that community – which had been designated a semistate host prior to the start of the season – assumed the Red Devils would return home to face No.2 Evansville Reitz in the one-game showdown. Instead, when the Indiana High School Athletic Association announced the site assignments, that game was placed in Seymour.

Richmond cried foul and threw a fit, a scene re-enacted on elementary playgrounds every day. The school refused to host a semistate while its team played in one over two hours away, forcing the IHSAA to hastily make arrangements for that two-game, four-team tournaments involving Class 3-A and 2-A qualifiers to be moved to Southport.

Richmond is the first casualty of what will likely be remembered as the “BNL Rule.”

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL trio named to All-Stars

BNL seniors Dominique McBryde, Alexa Bailey and Jenna Allen Photo courtesy of Wet Ink Designs

BNL seniors Dominique McBryde, Alexa Bailey and Jenna Allen were named to the Indiana All-Star team.
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McBryde, Allen and Bailey

named to Indiana All-Star

team to face Kentucky

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Dominique McBryde, Jenna Allen and Alexa Bailey will be forever linked in Bedford North Lawrence basketball lore. Now they will join forces one more time as history-making teammates with the name “Indiana” on their jerseys.

The tremendous trio, the driving force as the Stars won back-to-back Class 4-A state championships, was named to the Indiana All-Star team on Thursday. They are the second set of three teammates named to the elite state squad in the same season.

For all the high-drama, big-stakes games they have played together, all three were nervous while waiting for the phone call. High school kids might be notorious for having the phone ringers muted. Their phones were jacked to the maximum. This call wasn’t one to be ignored, even though McBryde missed the first one while attending track practice.

That didn’t disqualify her.

“I’m very excited,” McBryde said. “especially since we all get to play together.”

“I was really anxious to get that call,” Allen said. “I think every girl dreams of it. It’s like all my hard work has paid off. It’s a tremendous honor. To be able to play a couple of more games with Dom and Alexa will be great.”

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars waiting for the All-Star call

BNL's Jenna Allen battles for a loose ball during Sunday's Top 60 Workout at Marian University.

BNL’s Jenna Allen battles for a loose ball during Sunday’s Top 60 Workout at Marian University.

BNL trio among the Top 60

assembled on Sunday for

last-look shot at All-Stars

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

INDIANAPOLIS – The phone call, one of the most anticipated connections in the life of an Indiana basketball player, will come for the few, the proud, the best later this week. Only 12 of the state’s elite will be selected to join the already-determined Miss Basketball on the Indiana All-Star team that will face Kentucky twice in June.

Bedford North Lawrence’s Dominique McBryde and Jenna Allen are probably already on speed dial for All-Star director Charlie Hall, the man in charge of the process. Any collection of Indiana’s best without the duo that was considered among the contenders for the Miss Basketball honor would be a joke.

Video: Top 60 Workout

Several other worthy candidates are probably “locks” for the team. Lawrence North’s Lamina Cooper, who suffered a season-ending injury in the regional, will be included on an extra roster spot. Those are easy choices. It’s the bottom of the All-Star roster that requires some tough decisions.

That’s what the annual Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 Workout is all about. One last look, one two-hour session in front of the All-Star coaches, to make a bid for that call, that jersey, that immortality.

On Sunday afternoon at Marian University, with Barr-Reeve’s Mark Holt (the All-Star head coach) and his staff looking on from their judgment perch, the invitees got their opportunity to be noticed, to stand out in the crowd, to do something that might tip the deciding vote in their favor.

BNL’s Alexa Bailey is among those.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Messmore to play in Elite game

McKenzie Messmore and the Stars 15-0) are ranked No.1 in both state polls. Photo courtesy of Wet Ink Designs

McKenzie Messmore will play in the Indiana Elite Challenge.

Bedford North Lawrence freshman McKenzie Messmore will compete in the fourth annual Indiana Elite North vs. South Challenge on Sunday in Lebanon.

Messmore will play in the Class 4-A freshman game. The Challenge features games divided by classification and age groups.

Messmore averaged 2.7 points for the Stars (26-1). She started seven games (while Alexa Bailey was sidelined with a hamstring injury) and scored 10 points against Jennings County and New Albany.

 

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: McBryde, Allen named All-State

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 were named to the “Supreme 15″ by the IBCA.

Bedford North Lawrence seniors Dominique McBryde and Jenna Allen were named to the “Supreme 15″ All-State team by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

McBryde averaged 20.0 points and 6.4 rebounds while Allen totaled 16.0 points and 10.9 rebounds. The Stars finished 26-1 with a Class 4-A sectional title and won the Hoosier Hills Conference for the fourth consecutive season.

The rest of the “Supreme 15″ included Lawrence North’s Lamina Cooper, NorthWood’s Jordan Frantz, Merrillville’s Victoria Gaines, Fort Wayne Canterbury’s Darby Maggard, Michigan City’s Michal Miller, Fishers’ Adrianna Murphy, South Bend Washington’s Tiara Murphy, Columbus North’s Ali Patberg, South Bend St. Joseph’s Madeline Raster, Evansville Central’s Zuriel Sanders, Evansville Mater Dei’s Tori Schickel, Evansville Memorial’s Stephanie Sherwood, and Pike’s Brittany Ward.

BNL’s Alexa Bailey and Madison’s Olivia Crozier were named to the Senior Large School (4-A and 3-A) All-State team. Floyd Central’s Madison Kaiser and Jennings County’s Baylee Krueger earned Honorable Mention status, as did Seymour’s Emilee Pollmann and Columbus East’s Audrey Wetzel on the Junior All-State Team.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL trio named to Top 60

Alexa Bailey

Alexa Bailey

Jenna Allen

Jenna Allen

Dominique McBryde

Dominique McBryde

Bedford North Lawrence seniors Dominique McBryde, Jenna Allen and Alexa Bailey will participate in the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 Workout on March 15 at Marian University in Indianapolis.

The annual set of drills and scrimmages is designed as a showcase for the top seniors in the state. The two sessions, open to the public, will be conducted by Heritage Christian coach Rick Risinger. It’s also a final (although unofficial) audition for the Indiana All-Star team, with the game director and coaches present to watch the candidates against top competition.

McBryde and Allen will participate in the first session from 1-3 p.m. Bailey will play in the second session from 3:30-5:30.

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Column: Grieve not for the fallen Stars

Dominique McBryde and the Stars  Photo courtesy of Varsity Views

Dominique McBryde and the Stars finished the 2014-15 season 26-1, and BNL went 104-5 during the last four years.
Photo courtesy of Varsity Views

Dominique McBryde heard the last bell ring to end the school day, and her first thought – like every weekday since Oct. 27 – was “basketball practice.”

“But I’m not,” she said, failing to hide hints of depression. “It’s definitely hard to believe.”

Lost and confused, dazed and deflated, Bedford North Lawrence’s beloved girls basketball team is still working through the emotions of the end, a conclusion the Stars viewed as premature, of one of the great runs in state history. After two Class 4-A state championships, after 104 wins over four years, after going undefeated atop the state polls all season, BNL’s quest for an unprecedented third consecutive title was not its destiny.

The pain still lingers, especially after watching Columbus North conquer wounded Lawrence North (with All-State candidate Lamina Cooper sidelined with a knee injury) in the semistate at Richmond on Saturday afternoon. The Bull Dogs are worthy finalists, with almost-certain Miss Basketball Ali Patberg leading the charge. The Stars can’t help thinking  “That should be us.”

It’s not. Columbus North won the one-and-done confrontation, deservedly so when considering BNL had home-court advantage and a second-half lead. The Stars have no excuses and aren’t making any. They just picked the worst time to play poorly, in part because of North’s determination to end their reign.

That doesn’t make the grieving process less painful.

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