No.5 Highlanders hand
BNL its first loss with
tense 3-game triumph
By Kyle Sokeland
Bedford North Lawrence, with a rocking home crowd and an opponent that could have overlooked it, had a possible recipe for an upset on Thursday night.
However, Floyd Central showed why it is the No. 5 ranked team in Class-4A as it defeated BNL 25-15, 26-24, 25-13.
Coming off a big win at Class A No. 2 Barr-Reeve, BNL (9-1) was looking to throw another haymaker against its Hoosier Hills Conference rival.
Yet the big punch never seemed to land as the Highlanders answered every BNL run with one of their own.
“I thought in Game One we were a little nervous at first, but we settled in and played really hard,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “In Game Two we were right there. Our blocking got a little bit better and our defense finally got better, and we had a chance there with serve.
“But we missed a serve and good teams take advantage of that. They jumped right on it.”
The second game was key as both teams took turns with the lead. The Stars had the serve up 23-22 but watched the lead falter away as the Highlanders scored four of the next five points to win the game.