4-A No.12 BNL seeks
to extend domination
of the county rivalry
By Justin Sokeland
Mitchell can run, but can it hide from its dominant county rival?
The faster-paced Bluejackets, with an all-sophomore starting lineup, ran Lanesville into the ground during their season opener, leaving a vapor trail while scoring easy points in transition. Now they’ll find out if they have another gear when they shift competition levels.
Bedford North Lawrence, 2-0 and ranked No.12 in Class 4-A, will look to extend its seven-year streak over its neighbor when the Stars visit Mitchell (1-0 with a home game against conference foe Perry Central on Friday) on Saturday night for the County vs. Cancer fundraiser.
Since Mitchell’s lone win in the series, a 65-47 triumph during the 2008-09 campaign, the Stars have totally controlled the rivalry, winning by an average of 41.9 points. Last year was typical as BNL forced 24 turnovers and cruised to a 74-24 win while Mitchell struggled with a young backcourt. The Jackets couldn’t get across halfcourt for the first 2:45, took three timeouts in the first 5:21, and didn’t score until the 1:23 mark of the first quarter.