BNL needs victory over FC
to keep pace with top-ranked
New Albany in conference race
By Justin Sokeland
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.
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.