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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Eagles land shots on faraway Stars

Kennedy Bunch

Kennedy Bunch

Jorie Allen

Jorie Allen

No.10 Zionsville pulls away

in second half for 73-49 win

as BNL drops third straight

Box score

ZIONSVILLE – When the Eagles landed, Bedford North Lawrence was stranded.

Class 4-A No.10 Zionsville got hot in the second half and shot down the Stars 73-49 on Saturday afternoon. Rachel McLimore, an Indiana Junior All-Star who transferred into the Zionsville program after last season, scored 26 points as the Eagles handed BNL (4-3) its third straight setback.

After a slow start, BNL rallied to take a 33-31 lead early in the third quarter. Then the roof caved in as the Eagles stroked shot after shot, forced BNL from its zone defense, and left the Stars gasping. Zionsville hit 15 of 19 shots in the second half and went on an 18-0 run to end the suspense.

“They just got hot,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “They’re a very good team, and if they can shoot like that, they’re going to be tough to beat. McLimore took over in the third quarter, and they had other kids start shooting lights out. We stayed in the zone as long as we could. I thought we were doing well in our zone, but they started making shots.”

Zionsville (6-1) zoomed to a 9-1 lead before BNL regrouped and scrambled within 16-12 after the first quarter. Jorie Allen had 10 points and 8 rebounds as the Stars stayed within striking range (31-27) at halftime, and Kennedy Bunch’s bomb pushed BNL in front.

After that, the Eagles flew away, blasting to a 54-36 lead after the third and punctuating the victory by making all of their shots in the fourth quarter.

McLimore drilled five 3-pointers, and she was one of four Eagles (who rank fifth in the state in scoring) in double figures. Maddie Nolan had 14 points, Erin Patterson added 12, and Delaney Richason totaled 10. Zionsville was 10 of 19 from long range and shot 58.7 percent overall.

Allen finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Bunch broke out of a shooting slump with 14 points (including 4 treys) and Allie Fugate came off the bench to total 10 points.

“We wanted to focus on our effort,” Allen said. “We’re in a tough stretch against tough competition, and if we continue to focus on ourselves the wins will come. I think we’re getting better. We’re just not there yet, and it’s a work in progress. The kids understand that.”

BNL will host Hoosier Hills Conference foe Jennings County on Tuesday.