Bedford North Lawrence Girls Basketball


GIRLS BASKETBALL: A Bunch of games

Kennedy Bunch will be one of the reserves who will be asked to step into a bigger role next season. Photo courtesy of Varsity Views

Kennedy Bunch has been on the road since the BNL season ended in the regional final last year.

BNL’s Bunch caps busy

travel month with final

stop at Battle of Bridges

By Justin Sokeland

LOUISVILLE – The miles add up.  The road becomes a blur. The games are fast paced and fly past. This is summer basketball.

For Bedford North Lawrence junior Kennedy Bunch, July was a whirlwind, capped by her appearance in the Battle of the Bridges event on Saturday. She competed in the Future Stars game, going scoreless while representing Indiana as the Hoosiers dropped a 71-53 decision to Kentucky.

This format is not Bunch’s forte. She is a set shooter, dangerous from the 3-point line, who does not create her own shot. She depends on teamwork, movement, passes. Those words are often a foreign language in this culture.

Yet Bunch gained something from the experience, and logged it in her mental memory bank. She has journeyed from Nashville, to Baltimore, to Lexington twice, since July 1, playing as many games in one month as the Stars will during an entire season. That, pardon the pun, is a Bunch of games.

“There’s never too much,” Bunch said. Why?

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars make ‘em swoon in June

BNLs Kennedy Bunch flies out of bounds to save a loose ball during Thursdays scrimmage with Southport.

BNL’s Kennedy Bunch flies out of bounds to save a loose ball during Thursday’s scrimmage with Southport.

BNL ends month of scrimmages

with sparkling 9-1 record after

55-26 triumph over Southport

By Justin Sokeland

Now that June basketball is officially finished, for those expecting Bedford North Lawrence to swoon when the real heat is cranked on when winter arrives, dwell on this fact:

The Stars played 10 scrimmage games during the last two weeks. They won nine of them, capped by the 55-26 smashing of Southport on Thursday evening.

Of course the Stars lost three Indiana All-Stars. Of course June games count about as much as a Russian vote total. Of course BNL will be everyone’s target for four years worth of revenge when the 2015-16 season starts.

Be warned. Be wary. Be worried. BNL will not buckle. Not if June is a precursor for November.

“We obviously have a lot of people that will come gunning for us,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “We’ll be under the gun to prove ourselves. But June really helped with our confidence.”

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COLUMN: 2015 year in review

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 among the main headliners for the Stars in 2014-15.
Photo courtesy of Wet Ink Designs

The high school sports season never really ends. Even when the school doors close for the short summer, the games go on.

Bedford North Lawrence enjoyed a busy, and successful, sports year. Girls basketball dominated the headlines once again, but other teams and individual athletes made the 2014-15 campaign memorable with their accomplishments.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 stories of the past year:

20. Girls soccer in Hoosier Cup: The Stars went 2-0-1 to win their pool in the annual Hoosier Cup tournament at Karst Farm Park. BNL conquered Martinsville and Kokomo while playing to a 1-1 deadlock with Evansville Harrison during the two-day event.

BNL's Lexie Scott skies to smack the ball. Scott had 12 kills for the No.17 Stars.

Lexie Scott

19. Volleyball starts 9-0: BNL won its first nine matches, capped by a victory over Class A No.1 Barr-Reeve, and vaulted into the Top 20 in the Class 4-A poll.

18. Baseball’s hot start: Jeff Callahan’s baseball team started 6-0 and jumped into the Top 10 in the Class 4-A poll. BNL went to 9-1-1 after its Tennessee trip and climbed to No.4 in the rankings.

17. McBryde advances to state: Dominique McBryde finished second in the long jump during the IHSAA regional at Bloomington and qualified for the state finals in that event. McBryde finished 17th in the state.

16. Allen hired: Jeff Allen was hired as the new girls basketball coach for the Stars. Allen, a former assistant, succeeded Damon Bailey after he won the 4-A state championship in his only season and departed to join former BNL head coach Kurt Godlevske as an assistant with the Butler women’s program. Allen guided the Stars to a 26-1 record.

15. Shoufler a mudder: BNL senior Matt Shoufler ran through the mud for 156 rushing yards and two touchdowns as the Stars won at Madison 14-3. Continue reading


GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars are riders of the storm

BNL freshman Jorie Allen drives against an Attucks defender during Friday night's scrimmage. Allen scored 23 points.

BNL freshman Jorie Allen drives against an Attucks defender during Friday night’s scrimmage. Allen scored 23 points.

Neither Crispus Attucks, nor

a tornado warning, can slow

BNL during June scrimmage

By Justin Sokeland

The approaching remnants of a tropical storm triggered the warning, and the sirens wailed. It’s June in Indiana, smack in the middle of Tornado Season. What else is expected?

But at Bedford North Lawrence, it’s also basketball season. The seasons shift, but that remains constant. Even in June. The emergency sirens were met with shrugs and a collective calm reaction. The fans inside BNL Fieldhouse shuffled to safety – for about 30 minutes. Then it was back to normal, if basketball in June is that.

The storm was ridden out. BNL, making its first public appearance since the departure of three Indiana All-Stars, clubbed Crispus Attucks 46-18 on Friday night. While the rain thundered off the roof, the Stars struck with lightning and power. They took everything in stride.

In this house they’ve been born. With the graduation of superstars Dominique McBryde, Jenna Allen and Alexa Bailey – the trio who led BNL to back-to-back Class 4-A state championships, who propelled the Stars to 104 wins in four years, who set almost every record they could erase – the predictions of a stormy winter are prevalent.

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GIRLS: Athlete of the Year

Dominique McBryde and the Stars  Photo courtesy of Varsity Views

Dominique McBryde

McBryde set basketball record,

advanced to IHSAA state finals

in long jump during track season

By Justin Sokeland

Dominique McBryde, who shattered the girls basketball career scoring record , was named’s second Female Athlete of the Year at Bedford North Lawrence.

McBryde, a Purdue recruit, averaged 20.0 points and 6.4 rebounds as the Stars went 26-1 in 2015. She also finished as the school’s career leader in scoring (1,762 points to break the mark set for former Miss Basketball Marla Inman) and blocked shots (229). The Stars won back-to-back championships in 2013-14 and finished McBryde’s four-year career with a 104-5 record.

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COLUMN: Time for Kentucky to prove it’s worth it

BNLs Jenna Allen cacrries injured teammate Alexa Bailey off the court following Saturday nights sweep of Kentucky in the annual All-Stars series.

BNL’s Jenna Allen carries injured teammate Alexa Bailey off the court following Saturday night’s sweep of Kentucky in the annual All-Stars series.

Indiana still takes All-Stars

seriously, but Kentucky’s lack

of leadership jeopardizes series

They rode off into the sunset Saturday night, or at least Alexa Bailey did. She climbed on the back of Bedford North Lawrence teammate Jenna Allen and left the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in triumph, victors in the last game they will ever play together.

Bailey’s right ankle hurt. High ankle sprains are painful. Kentucky’s pain was worse and will last longer. Perhaps forever.

Allen, Bailey and Dominique McBryde closed their high school careers with the Indiana All-Stars, and etched their names into history as members of arguably the strongest girls cast ever assembled for the annual series with Kentucky. Indiana crushed Kentucky twice, by a combined total of 74 points.

And that was without McBryde, who suffered a concussion during Monday’s scrimmage against the Junior All-Stars in Richmond. Indiana coach Mark Holt had planned to showcase McBryde in multiple ways – as a wing shooter, as a post threat, as a shut-down defender. And that was without Lamina Cooper, the versatile Lawrence North star and Purdue signee who suffered a knee injury late in the 2015 season.

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BNLs Jenna Allen scores from the lane.

BNL’s Jenna Allen scores from the lane. Allen had 14 points as Indiana finished a series sweep with an 88-58 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night.

Indiana girls dominate

with 88-58 victory over

Kentucky as Allen scores 14

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

INDIANAPOLIS – The encore didn’t quite match the original. Sequels rarely do. But Indiana All-Stars of the future will be gauged against the 2015 team. Kentucky definitely did not measure up. Not even close.

Indiana, a little worn and weary, followed up its 44-point victory in the series opener with another soul-crushing defeat of Kentucky on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, sweeping the series for the 14th time with an 88-58 triumph.

The back-to-back blowouts were the second-worst pair of beatings since the girls series started in 1976. The worst week for Kentucky was Indiana’s 113-51 and 96-55 victories in 1993.

These Hoosiers brought down the curtain on the draining All-Star week, and on Kentucky, and deserved a final bow.  Except that would take some energy, and they were almost on empty.

But they had enough to run over Kentucky again. Ali Patberg scored 16 points, Jenna Allen totaled 14, and spunky guard Darby Maggard added 13. The only blemish was the last-minute injury suffered by Alexa Bailey, who rolled her right ankle and had to be helped to the locker room.

The twin triumphs eased a lot of the pain. So did the celebratory ride on Allen’s back when Bailey returned to the arena.

“That’s want we were going for,” Bailey said of the smackdowns. No mercy, no sympathy, just two brutal wins.

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BASKETBALL; All-Stars deliver Bluegrass beatdown

BNLs Jenna Allen drives around Kentuckys Nora Kiesler. ALlen had 10 points and 13 rebound as Indiana blasted Kentucky 93-49 on Friday night.

BNL’s Jenna Allen drives around Kentucky’s Nora Kiesler. ALlen had 10 points and 13 rebound as Indiana blasted Kentucky 93-49 on Friday night. Photo courtesy of Lori McKee

Indiana explodes in second half

with 29-3 run as Hoosiers crush

Kentucky 93-49 in Lexington

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

LEXINGTON – The explosion was earth shattering, bone jarring, like the screen that Bedford North Lawrence’s Alexa Bailey set on an unsuspecting Kentuckian in the backcourt, leaving her leveled, disheveled and helpless.

The stunned look on the face of Kentucky’s Asia Sims, the Bailey victim, told the story: What was that and where did it come from? Why didn’t someone issue a warning?

Indiana was awesome, crushing Kentucky 93-49 in the opening game of the home-and-home weekend All-Stars series on Friday night at Transylvania University. Kentucky will seek revenge when it visits Indianapolis for the rematch on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Indiana, regarded as one of the deepest and best girls teams the All-Stars have assembled, measured up to the hype and history. If Indiana duplicates its second-half explosion, Kentucky could be in trouble, probably is. Indiana, stocked with Division I talent, had too much firepower, too many weapons.

Miss Basketball Ali Patberg ignited the charge and scored 15 points. Jordyn Frantz came off the bench to drain four 3-pointers and total 15 points, and BNL’s Jenna Allen had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Once Indiana cut off Kentucky’s lifeline of offensive rebounds and turnovers, once the intensity reached its expected zenith, Kentucky was out of its league.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL to host June scrimmages

Junior guard Loren Bailey moved over to run the BNL offense with the injury to her sister Alexa.

Loren Bailey and the Stars will scrimmage Indianapolis Attucks on June 19.

Bedford North Lawrence will host Indianapolis Attucks in a scrimmage on June 19.

Junior varsity action will begin at 4 p.m., followed by the varsity. Admission will be $2 at the door. Attucks went 21-4 last season before falling to Indianapolis Ritter in the Class 2-A sectional.

The Stars, making their first public debut after losing graduated stars Dominique McBryde, Jenna Allen and Alexa Bailey, will also host Southport on June 25. Southport went 7-16 in 2014-15.

BNL will also stage its annual summer camp on June 22-25 from 10 a.m. to noon each day. The cost is $35 and athletes can register the first morning.


BASKETBALL: Seniors find cure for Junior headache

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BNL’s Jenna Allen rises for a shot over Evansville Memorial’s Emily Sullivan. Allen had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the All-Stars edged the Juniors 86-83 on Wednesday night.

After blowing 19-point lead,

Seniors surge late for 86-83

triumph in final scrimmage

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By Justin Sokeland

COLUMBUS – Dominique McBryde, hiding behind those Foster Grants (or whatever sunglasses the cool kids wear now), looked relaxed and headache free on the Indiana All-Stars bench. Her teammates on the court, however, needed a Tylenol.

When 19-point leads dissolve, when a stunning loss to a talented but smaller Junior All-Star team would have given the Seniors a harder concussion than the one McBryde suffered on Monday night, some medicine is necessary.

The Seniors swallowed hard. They found a cure.

BNL's Alexa Bailey, who didn't shoot, provided a key defensive play in the final minute.

BNL’s Alexa Bailey, who didn’t shoot, provided a key defensive play in the final minute.

Miss Basketball Ali Patberg and diminutive guard Darby Maggard hit late free throws, and  Bedford North Lawrence’s Alexa Bailey forced a critical turnover as the Seniors escaped with a tough 86-83 victory over the Juniors on Wednesday night.

Patberg scored 23 points and added 7 assists, and BNL’s Jenna Allen totaled a huge double-double with 12 points and 12 points, powering the Seniors to a sweep of the scrimmages with the Juniors and sending Indiana into its double duels with Kentucky.

The Seniors were supposed to win. This is supposed to be one of the more potent and talented All-Star teams ever assembled. And for the first 24 minutes, with the Seniors cruising to a 54-35 lead, that hype was virtually reality.

Then Pike’s Tyana Robinson started raining 3-pointers, and Heritage Christian’s Tyasha Harris started scoring from inside, and future Miss Basketball Jackie Young found her range. And before McBryde –  out for the rest of the week with a concussion – could blink away her fog, the Seniors were caught in one.

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