Red-hot Rizzi sparks
the fuse on BNL’s
74-34 victory at JC
By Justin Sokeland
NORTH VERNON – Want to know why top-ranked Bedford North Lawrence had not seen a zone defense until Tuesday night? Her name is Brittani Rizzi, a swish machine.
She’s a wickedly wonderful weapon, the senior guard with the rifle scope from long range. When Rizzi is hot – and she torched Jennings County’s meager zone – and stroking shots with confidence, there is no one deadlier.
Rizzi ripped five first-quarter 3-pointers, the power surge behind BNL’s remarkable 27-8 getaway, and sparked the Lady Stars (6-0) to a 74-34 road victory. Rizzi totaled a season-high 20 points, all in the first half, while Jenna Allen contributed a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Dominique McBryde added 17 points.
Why did the Panthers (2-3) sit back and dare last year’s state leader in treys to fire at will? One wonders.
“It’s the first time all year we’ve seen a zone,” BNL coach Damon Bailey said. “After watching Rizzi shoot, I figured out why people don’t play us a zone.”
The net on that end of the Jennings gym had scorch marks, Rizzi hit her first four, part of BNL’s impressive 8-for-8 sniping in the opening four minutes. She missed one – gasp – but the rebound came back to her and she buried the next. Zone her? Here’s a hint: don’t do that.
“I took advantage of it,” Rizzi said. “I love having that spotlight.”
From then on, the only question was: How much? How much would BNL win by (40)? How much would the starters play (three quarters)? How much would another team pay to have the options at Bailey’s disposal?