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BOYS BASKETBALL: So you say there’s a chance . . .

Eli McPike

Eli McPike and the Stars need a win over Floyd Central to keep pace with No.1 New Albany in the HHC race.

BNL needs victory over FC

to keep pace with top-ranked

New Albany in conference race

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Most basketball teams with a normal survival instinct would avoid a confrontation with the best in the state, especially one that has destroyed its last five opponents by an average of 47.4 points per game. That’s not a misprint.

Bedford North Lawrence cannot avoid No.1 New Albany, and doesn’t want to duck. The Stars are chasing the Bulldogs in the Hoosier Hills Conference race, and the competitive adrenaline is already raging. When BNL visits New Albany on Feb. 19, the HHC title could be at stake. That’s BNL’s goal.

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HHC standings

For that to happen, BNL (11-7, 4-1 in the league) must clear one more hurdle. The Stars have to conquer Floyd Central (8-6, 2-2) on Thursday night. New Albany (14-1 with an 11-game winning streak) must also defeat league rivals Jennings County and Columbus East this week, but at its present trajectory, that seems almost certain.

Yet nothing can be taken for granted. BNL has owned the Highlanders, winning nine straight in the series, but that does not guarantee anything now. In fact, that’s probably a talking point to inspire the Highlanders. Nobody wants to be a pushover, and Floyd Central definitely is not.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL ready to defend its realm

BNL freshman Jorie Allen, who had a career-high 29 points against Schlarman Academy on Saturday, will lead the Stars in their quest to win a fifth straight Class 4-A sectional title.

BNL freshman Jorie Allen, who had a career-high 29 points against Schlarman Academy on Saturday, will lead the Stars in their quest to win a fifth straight Class 4-A sectional title.

Stars to face Highlanders

as they start quest for 5th

consecutive sectional crown

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The defender of the realm, the wearer of the crown, the owner of the trophy, Bedford North Lawrence will start its quest for another sectional championship on Tuesday night.

The Stars have won four consecutive titles, a streak that is impressive in the era of class basketball. Sure, BNL won 16 in a row from 1982-97 (just shy of Rushville’s state record of 18 straight), but that was against inferior competition, against overmatched opponents. This current run has been done against programs of equal stature.

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Consider that, until BNL started its reign, nobody in the six-team tournament had won more than back-to-back titles. Consider that BNL, following the start of the class system in 1998, didn’t win one until 2012. Consider this sectional has produced four state champions.

Winning this sectional is a feat. Winning four in a row is remarkable, when the other five are Hoosier Hills Conference neighbors that have already played BNL during the regular season and, while having a envious respect, desperately want to stop that streak.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Young guns steal spotlight in finale

Jorie Allen

BNL freshman Jorie Allen drives against Schlarman Academy’s Arieal Scott during Saturday’s regular-season finale. Scott scored 22 points, but Allen had a career-high 29 to lead the Stars to a 52-38 win.

Allen scores career-high 29

to lead BNL to tough win

over Schlarman Academy

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

On a day set aside to honor seniors taking their final regular-season bows, young guns stole the spotlight. Senior celebrations honor the past, churn the memories to the surface, but this game was about the future and the ‘wow’ factor on the court at BNL Fieldhouse.

Kids destined for greatness, and the quality teams they represent, collided on Saturday afternoon. Schlarman Academy, a tiny school that brought only seven players on the three-hour trip to Bedford North Lawrence, had a shooter deluxe. The Stars countered with future Indiana All-Star in the paint. The battle was fierce.

Jorie Allen, a freshman on her way to a special place in program history, scored a career-high 29 points as the Stars (16-7) powered past the Hilltoppers 52-38, capping the regular season with a victory that was perfect preparation for the Class 4-A sectional next week.

BNL's Erin Bradley challenges Schlarman's Sydney Gouard. The Stsrs finished the regular season with a 16-7 record.

BNL’s Erin Bradley challenges Schlarman’s Sydney Gouard. The Stars finished the regular season with a 16-7 record.

Schlarman, ranked No.3 in Class A in Illinois, proved it was worthy. Don’t confuse size with a lack of talent. The Hilltoppers (20-2) had plenty, especially with sophomore sniper Arieal Scott roaming around the 3-point line. She was deadly, a hawk disguised as a dove as she circled the arc, scoring 22 points. She has 7 Division I offers, and now it’s clear why.

BNL, after squandering a 12-point lead, owned a precarious 34-33 lead early in the fourth quarter when Allen decided to claim the title as the best prospect on the court. She banked in a trey, spun through the lane for a three-point play, and scored 10 straight points to push the Stars out of danger.

Scott drilled a trey – her sixth – to cut BNL’s lead to 44-38, but the Stars scored their final 8 points at the free-throw line during the final 90 seconds to keep the Hilltoppers at arm’s length.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: BNL win streak snagged in Bear trap

Eli McPike

Eli McPike

Braxton Day

Braxton Day

Evansville Central ends BNL’s

six-game run with 61-57 victory

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EVANSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence’s six-game winning streak got caught in a Bear trap on Saturday night.

Evansville Central powered to an 18-point lead early in the third quarter and held off BNL’s frantic comeback for a 61-57 victory.

The Stars had won 9 of their last 10 games, but poor shooting in the first half (25 percent) against Central’s 2-3 zone stopped that surge. The Bears (7-8) took advantage of the BNL drought, fashioning a 12-3 run to take a double-digit lead at 25-14 with three minutes left in the first half, and they pushed that margin to 30-17 at halftime.

“We had no legs, no energy,” BNL coach Jamie Hudson said. “We dug ourselves a hole in that first half.”

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BOYS SWIMMING: Stars finish 6th in HHC meet

Alden Crosby

Alden Crosby

JEFFERSONVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence finished sixth in the Hoosier Hills Conference boys swim meet at Jeffersonville on Saturday afternoon.

The Stars totaled 108 points. Jeffersonville won the team title with 348 while Floyd Central was second with 300.

HHC boys swimming results

BNL’s top finisher was diver Alden Crosby, who finished second with a score of 407.10. Columbus East’s Cordell Glass won that event with 472.60.

BNL’s Alex Manke was third in the 500-yard freestyle (5:02.39, trailing champion Michael Cain of Jeffersonville as he touched in 4:51.99. Manke was also fifth in the 200 free in 1:52.03.

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WRESTLING: BNL advances six to regional

Jacob Ray

Jacob Ray

Jon Godsey

Jon Godsey

HUNTINGBURG – Bedford North Lawrence advanced six wrestlers to the Indiana High School Athletic Association regional during sectional action at Southridge on Saturday afternoon.

The top four in each weight division advanced to the regional.

BNL junior Jon Godsey was the sectional runner-up at 220 pounds. Godsey decked Salem’s Aaron Hollen in 1:43 in the first round, then kncoedk off top seed Cameron Meade of Washington by a 5-3 decision in the semifinal.

Godsey was pinned by Mitchell’s Delaney Wade in 1:24 in the final.

Jacob Ray, a sectional champion last season, finished third at 120. Ray (17-13) fell to Paoli’s Zayne Bartholomew (by pin in 4:14) in the first round, then recovered to pin Crawford County’s Dustin McClure in 2:34 in the consolation round.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Hot Stars burn the Red Devils

Braxton Day

BNL’s Braxton Day scored 32 points, and joined the program’s 1K career scoring club, as the Stars smacked Jeffersonville 73-64 on Friday night. Photo courtesy of QT Photography

Day reaches milestone, nets

32 points as BNL rolls

to victory at Jeffersonville

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

JEFFERSONVILLE – Somehow, Bedford North Lawrence seniors Braxton Day and Eli McPike seemed invisible to Jeffersonville defenders. There’s no other logical explanation. That has to be the reason.

On the Jeffersonville scouting report, they were mentioned on the first line, in red letters. Their numbers were on the roster and that matched what they wore on Friday night. Jeffersonville coach Joe Luce pointed at them constantly. Yet they were ghosts, cloaked, free to haunt the Red Devils.

Day scored 32 points, and reached the 1,000-point career milestone while doing so, and McPike added 25. Together, they shot the red-hot Stars to an impressive 73-64 road victory, extending BNL’s current surge to six consecutive wins and nine in the last 10.

McPike was the detonator, hitting bombs, and Braxton Day was the fuse as BNL (11-6, 4-1 in the Hoosier Hills Conference) exploded and left Jeffersonville’s defense in waste.

McPike, who missed his first four shots during a sloppy first quarter, drilled four straight 3-pointers in the second as BNL erupted for a 20-4 run that left the Devils in the dust of defeat. Day joined elite company in the program’s 1K Club with a bucket with 3:14 left in the first half.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Time for the seniors to shine

Loren Bailey and her four senior teammates will start together against Schlarman Academy in their final regular-season home game on Saturday afternoon. Photo courtesy of QT Photography

Loren Bailey and her four senior BNL teammates will start together against Schlarman Academy in their final regular-season home game on Saturday afternoon.
Photo courtesy of QT Photography

BNL will honor five seniors

before it faces challenge

from Schlarman Academy

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Time waits for no man, and even little girls who have matured into young women during the last four years are not granted an exemption. They too shall pass, and five Bedford North Lawrence seniors will take their final regular-season bows on Saturday afternoon.

They’ll start together, just as they’ve gone through a lot together: three different head coaches, two state championships, and now this transitional season while leading BNL to a solid, successful 15-7 record. As they make that emotional walk, with loved ones, to receive their honor, the memories are the spark for the tears.

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Erin Bradley, Loren Bailey, Kaitlyn Poole, Abbie Price and Baili Peterson are fortunate. They have actually been granted at least one more game in BNL Fieldhouse, since the Stars will host the Class 4-A sectional next week. But there’s no time for celebrations then. That’s what the afternoon matinee with Schlarman Academy is all about.

Well, that and the other thing: the final preparation for that sectional.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: No crown for a North conquest

Erin Bradley

BNL’s Erin Bradley looks for an open teammate during Thursday’s 73-12 win at Bloomington North. Bradley scored 9 points. Photo courtesy of QT Photography

While Stars smash Cougars,

Seymour edges New Albany

to claim outright HHC title

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

BLOOMINGTON – On the Northern front, the battle was over before it began. Bedford North Lawrence, the superior force, overwhelmed the inferior enemy, and Bloomington North could do nothing to stop the march through its territory.

Meanwhile, on the southern front, Seymour powered to the outright Hoosier Hills Conference championship, winning a fierce battle with stubborn New Albany, and the Stars could do nothing to stop Seymour’s steely-eyed mission to invade what had been BNL’s domain.

BNL took care of what it could control, smashing overmatched Bloomington North 73-12 on Thursday night. What it could not dictate was the drama at New Albany, where the Owls edged the Bulldogs 43-40 to end BNL’s quest for a share of a fifth straight league title.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Watch BNL girls at North

Coaches Aid logo 2Tonight’s Bedford North Lawrence game at Bloomington North will be broadcast live by CoachesAid.com.

The broadcast, free of charge, is the final BNL regular-season game that will be available on the Internet site at www.Coachesaid.com/home.aspx