No.4 North Central wears
down BNL with pressure,
pulls away to 61-37 victory
By Justin Sokeland
The difference between a diamond and a lump of coal? Pressure.
The main difference between Class 4-A No.4 North Central and No.13 Bedford North Lawrence? Ditto.
In a battle classified as a tape-measure game, the Stars came up far short, surrendering to North Central’s relentless, swarming, claws-and-paws defensive pressure during a 61-37 setback on Friday night at BNL Fieldhouse. BNL had neither the athletes, nor the mental persistence, to withstand the constant barrage of traps, harassment and challenges.
Rikki Harris, one of the highly-ranked recruiting targets in the nation’s sophomore class, scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while directing an all-out blitz that left BNL gasping and grasping. The Stars were clinging like hairs on a static-charged shirt, down 31-26 midway through the third quarter. But they lost their tentative grip and got dusted from that point.