Bedford North Lawrence opened the 2012-13 regular season in style Saturday night, rolling to a 69-36 road victory over county rival Mitchell.
The Lady Stars (1-0) had five double-figure scorers. Sophomore center Jenna Allen dominated the paint while scoring 14 points and grabbing 7 rebounds, and outside threat Brittani Rizzi hit four 3-pointers to total her 12 points.
Kennedy Wall came off the bench to add 11, Sammy Dillman had 11 (with three treys), and Dominique McBryde had 10 for BNL, ranked No.8 in Class 4-A.
“We shot the ball really well,” BNL coach Kurt Godlevske said. “We did a nice job of pressuring the ball and played unselfish.”
After a slow start, BNL took control with a 15-0 spurt in the second quarter and rolled to a 41-17 halftime lead. McBryde had eight of her points during the first-half surge.
The Bluejackets (1-1) struggled on the offensive end, shooting 27.5 percent while committing 27 turnovers against BNL’s full-court press and half-court trap. Mia Burton was the lone bright spot with 16 points and 6 rebounds.
“Mitchell played hard, which is a credit to Coach (Matt) Sowders,” Godlevske said.
BNL will take a serious step up in competition when it faces No.20 Mooresville (1-0) in the home opener on Tuesday night. BNL has lost five straight decisions to the Pioneers. The last win was a 52-47 victory in 2006-07 that marked Godlevske’s first win with the program.
Mooresville opened with a 59-51 win over No. 6 North Central, the defending 4-A state champion, on Friday. The Pioneers won last year’s game with BNL 52-43.