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GIRLS BASKETBALL: No.1 Stars stop the star-less

Alexa Bailey

BNL’s Alexa Bailey drives to the basket against two Roncalli defenders on Saturday night. The top-ranked Stars (19-0) stopped the Rebels 61-44.

BNL takes advantage

of injury to Roncalli star

and posts 61-44 victory

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

For 10 tense minutes, top-ranked Bedford North Lawrence was nervous, jittery and anxious. And behind. Of all the emotions in play, that was the worst sensation.

Roncalli was rebelling against the two-time defending Class 4-A state champions. The Rebels dared to attack, questioned BNL’s superiority, and pushed the Stars out of the comfort zone of invincibility. In BNL Fieldhouse, too.

Video: BNL tops Roncalli

Jenna Allen had 22 points and 16 rebounds as the Stars conquered Roncalli.

Jenna Allen had 22 points and 16 rebounds as the Stars conquered Roncalli.

In one defining instant, both for the outcome of the showdown and for perhaps the rest of Roncalli’s season, everything changed. The scene of Roncalli star Lindsey Corsaro, a University of Kentucky recruit, prone on the hardwood, clutching her leg, was the unfortunate memorable moment of the night.

Corsaro went down with 6:12 left in the second quarter, with the Rebels pushing BNL around and leading 15-10. When Corsaro, Roncalli’s leading scorer at 23.4 points per game, limped away, Roncalli’s upset bid left with her.

Jenna Allen scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and Dominique McBryde added 18 points before fouling out as the Stars (19-0) took advantage of the Corsaro absence for a 61-44 victory over the No.8 Rebels (16-5). Corsaro came back to the sideline in the second half with an icepack on her left knee, and the original diagnosis was a meniscus tear.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Rebels attacking with a cause

Roncalli junior Lindsey Corsaro, a University of Kentucky recruit, leads the Rebels in scoring (23.4) and rebounding (10.2). Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Star

Roncalli junior Lindsey Corsaro, a University of Kentucky recruit, leads the Rebels in scoring (23.4) and rebounding (10.2).
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No.8 Roncalli, with star Corsaro,

looks to knock off top-ranked

BNL in rematch of ’13 semistate

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

If anyone can appreciate Bedford North Lawrence’s assault on history, foremost among them is Roncalli coach Stan Benge.

As the top-ranked Stars chase their third consecutive Class 4-A state championship, Benge understands, perhaps better than most, the mountain they must climb. He guided Ben Davis to back-to-back undefeated 4-A state titles in 2009-10, and the Giants won a state-record 81 straight games before falling in the regional final in 2011.

Stan Benge

Stan Benge

“It is hard to win one state championship, let alone three,” said Benge, one of only three girls basketball coaches in IHSAA history to win four titles. “Bedford should be very proud of their girls basketball team for what they have accomplished.”

On Saturday night, Benge and his Rebels will attempt to stop the BNL express. While No.8 Roncalli (16-4) could be a state tournament obstacle, should both advance that far, the Rebels will look to knock BNL (18-0) off its perch atop the state polls.

Roncalli certainly has the star power to threaten BNL’s majestic and historic run. With junior Lindsey Corsaro, a University of Kentucky recruit, as their centerpiece player, the Rebels have a dangerous and talented scorer leading the charge. She’s averaging 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Sports Zone to feature McBryde

Dominique McBryde

Dominique McBryde

Bedford North Lawrence senior Dominique McBryde will be featured on the “Chevrolet Indiana Sports Zone” on Fox Sports Midwest.

The profile segment will air on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.

McBryde leads the Stars in scoring at 20.9 points per game. She has scored 1,509 career points and is chasing the school record (1,658) set by Marla Inman, the 1992 Miss Basketball.

BNL GIRLS

CAREER SCORING

Marla Inman 1658

x-Dominique McBryde 1509

x-Jenna Allen 1339

Tracey Sargent 1180

Brittani Rizzi 1138

Kristin Pritchett 1035

x-through Jan. 21

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Watch BNL’s win at Floyd Central

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 73-36 victory at Floyd Central on Jan. 17.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL still locked in atop polls

BNL reserve Kennedy Bunch and the Stars 18-0) are locked in at No.1 in the state polls.

BNL reserve Kennedy Bunch and the Stars (18-0) are locked in at No.1 in the state polls.

Bedford North Lawrence remains locked in at No.1 in the latest state polls.

The Stars (18-0) are ranked atop the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Class 4-A poll and the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association all-class poll. BNL has 21 of the 22 first-place votes in the IBCA ratings.

BNL climbed to No.4 in the Sagarin computer power ratings, still trailing Homestead (18-2 with a power rating of 108.75), Lawrence North (16-0, 107.78) and Heritage Christian (18-1, 106.69). BNL’s power number is 104.70.

Only five undefeated tams (BNL, Lawrence North, Barr-Reeve, Benton Central and Fort Wayne Canterbury) remain across the state.

The Stars will face another Top 10 showdown when they host No.8 Roncalli on Saturday night.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL clinches share of HHC title

Dominique McBryde

BNL’s Dominique McBryde drives around Floyd Central’s Madison Kaiser. McBryde scored 23 points as the top-ranked Stars claimed a share of the HHC title with a 73-36 win on Saturday afternoon.

Top-ranked Stars leave

Highlanders grasping,

gasping with 73-36 win

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

GALENA – Bedford North Lawrence is the unstoppable force in the Hoosier Hills Conference. Floyd Central was just another movable object in the roadway to the league championship.

The HHC opponents remaining to keep top-ranked BNL from claiming the outright league championship has dwindled to one. Floyd Central certainly could not.

Video: Top-ranked BNL tops Floyd

The Stars, the two-time defending Class 4-A state champions, clinched at least a share of their fourth consecutive HHC crown on Saturday afternoon, dismantling the Highlanders 73-36 on Joe Hinton Court. Now only Seymour can stop BNL (18-0, 6-0) from monopolizing the title.

Jenna Allen

Jenna Allen rises for a jumper in the lane. Allen scored 16 points and added 9 rebounds.

The crown still fits BNL perfectly.

“We take a lot of pride in that,” first-year BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “This conference has historically had great players and tremendous teams, state-championship caliber teams. We’re honored to be the winner again.”

The Stars also won their 29th straight league game and their 32nd straight game overall.

Dominique McBryde scored 23 points and Jenna Allen added 16 points and 9 rebounds for the Stars. They dominated the paint, especially during BNL’s 27-2 run that spanned two quarters and left the Highlanders (7-11, 0-5) grasping at air and gasping for it as well.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars reaching for another title

Jenna Allen and the Stars, who lead Class 4-A teams in points allowed this season, can clinch a share of their fourth straight HHC title at Floyd Central on Saturday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Wet Ink Designs

Jenna Allen and the Stars, who lead Class 4-A teams in points allowed this season, can clinch a share of their fourth straight HHC title at Floyd Central on Saturday afternoon.
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Top-ranked BNL chasing

fourth straight HHC title

with win at Floyd Central

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence tops the state polls and is perched in the upper echelon of the national rankings. Those are opinions. The Stars want something more tangible, substantial, something earned rather than awarded – championships.

Their first obtainable title on the list of targets is within reach. BNL (17-0) can clinch at least a share of the Hoosier Hills Conference championship when it visits Floyd Central (7-10) on Saturday afternoon. If Seymour – the last HHC foe with only one league loss – stumbles against either Jeffersonville or New Albany prior to the regular-season finale at BNL on Feb. 5, then a BNL victory would secure the outright crown.

The Stars (5-0 in the HHC) have ruled the league for most of its history, winning a record 17 championships. They’ve won the last three without dispute, having gone unbeaten through the seven challengers each time. And they’ve dominated the Highlanders (0-4 in the conference basement) the last six meetings.

BNL, one of six undefeated teams remaining in the state, swept the Highlanders last season, posting a 60-43 victory during the regular season and a 65-30 triumph in the sectional. Dominique McBryde had 16 points in the first encounter, while Jenna Allen totaled 21 points and 8 rebounds in the tournament tilt.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL trio nominated for McDonald’s

BNL senior Dominique McBryde is one of three Stars nominated for the McDonalds All-American Game, set for Chicago on April 1.

BNL senior Dominique McBryde is one of three Stars nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Game, set for Chicago on April 1.

Bedford North Lawrence seniors Dominique McBryde, Jenna Allen and Alexa Bailey have been nominated for the annual McDonald’s All-American Game on April 1 at the United Center in Chicago.

McDonald’s Game nominees

McBryde, a Purdue recruit, leads the top-ranked Stars (17-0) in scoring at 20.8 points per game. Allen, destined for Michigan State, is averaging 15.8 points and ranks among the state leaders in rebounds at 12.6. Bailey, a Butler recruit who missed 11 games with a hamstring injury, is averaging 7.7 points.

Other players nominated from Indiana include South Bend Washington’s Camille Coleman and Tiara Murphy; Lawrence North’s Lamina Cooper; Merrillville’s Victoria Gaines; Fort Wayne Canterbury’s Darby Maggard; Columbus North’s Ali Patberg; and Pike’s Brittany Ward.

The 2015 teams will be announced on ESPNU on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m.

 

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Watch BNL’s win over East

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 54-29 victory at Columbus East on Jan. 13.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Fox Sports Midwest to feature Stars

Top-ranked Bedford North Lawrence will be featured on the “Chevrolet Indiana Sports Zone” on Fox Sports Midwest.

The profile segment will air on Thursday at 5 p.m. and will be repeated on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Monday at 3:30 p.m.