Bedford North Lawrence Sports

GIRLS: Athlete of the Year

Dominique McBryde and the Stars  Photo courtesy of Varsity Views

Dominique McBryde

McBryde set basketball record,

advanced to IHSAA state finals

in long jump during track season

By Justin Sokeland

Dominique McBryde, who shattered the girls basketball career scoring record , was named’s second Female Athlete of the Year at Bedford North Lawrence.

McBryde, a Purdue recruit, averaged 20.0 points and 6.4 rebounds as the Stars went 26-1 in 2015. She also finished as the school’s career leader in scoring (1,762 points to break the mark set for former Miss Basketball Marla Inman) and blocked shots (229). The Stars won back-to-back championships in 2013-14 and finished McBryde’s four-year career with a 104-5 record.

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COLUMN: Time for Kentucky to prove it’s worth it

BNLs Jenna Allen cacrries injured teammate Alexa Bailey off the court following Saturday nights sweep of Kentucky in the annual All-Stars series.

BNL’s Jenna Allen carries injured teammate Alexa Bailey off the court following Saturday night’s sweep of Kentucky in the annual All-Stars series.

Indiana still takes All-Stars

seriously, but Kentucky’s lack

of leadership jeopardizes series

They rode off into the sunset Saturday night, or at least Alexa Bailey did. She climbed on the back of Bedford North Lawrence teammate Jenna Allen and left the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in triumph, victors in the last game they will ever play together.

Bailey’s right ankle hurt. High ankle sprains are painful. Kentucky’s pain was worse and will last longer. Perhaps forever.

Allen, Bailey and Dominique McBryde closed their high school careers with the Indiana All-Stars, and etched their names into history as members of arguably the strongest girls cast ever assembled for the annual series with Kentucky. Indiana crushed Kentucky twice, by a combined total of 74 points.

And that was without McBryde, who suffered a concussion during Monday’s scrimmage against the Junior All-Stars in Richmond. Indiana coach Mark Holt had planned to showcase McBryde in multiple ways – as a wing shooter, as a post threat, as a shut-down defender. And that was without Lamina Cooper, the versatile Lawrence North star and Purdue signee who suffered a knee injury late in the 2015 season.

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BNLs Jenna Allen scores from the lane.

BNL’s Jenna Allen scores from the lane. Allen had 14 points as Indiana finished a series sweep with an 88-58 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night.

Indiana girls dominate

with 88-58 victory over

Kentucky as Allen scores 14

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

INDIANAPOLIS – The encore didn’t quite match the original. Sequels rarely do. But Indiana All-Stars of the future will be gauged against the 2015 team. Kentucky definitely did not measure up. Not even close.

Indiana, a little worn and weary, followed up its 44-point victory in the series opener with another soul-crushing defeat of Kentucky on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, sweeping the series for the 14th time with an 88-58 triumph.

The back-to-back blowouts were the second-worst pair of beatings since the girls series started in 1976. The worst week for Kentucky was Indiana’s 113-51 and 96-55 victories in 1993.

These Hoosiers brought down the curtain on the draining All-Star week, and on Kentucky, and deserved a final bow.  Except that would take some energy, and they were almost on empty.

But they had enough to run over Kentucky again. Ali Patberg scored 16 points, Jenna Allen totaled 14, and spunky guard Darby Maggard added 13. The only blemish was the last-minute injury suffered by Alexa Bailey, who rolled her right ankle and had to be helped to the locker room.

The twin triumphs eased a lot of the pain. So did the celebratory ride on Allen’s back when Bailey returned to the arena.

“That’s want we were going for,” Bailey said of the smackdowns. No mercy, no sympathy, just two brutal wins.

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BASKETBALL; All-Stars deliver Bluegrass beatdown

BNLs Jenna Allen drives around Kentuckys Nora Kiesler. ALlen had 10 points and 13 rebound as Indiana blasted Kentucky 93-49 on Friday night.

BNL’s Jenna Allen drives around Kentucky’s Nora Kiesler. ALlen had 10 points and 13 rebound as Indiana blasted Kentucky 93-49 on Friday night. Photo courtesy of Lori McKee

Indiana explodes in second half

with 29-3 run as Hoosiers crush

Kentucky 93-49 in Lexington

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

LEXINGTON – The explosion was earth shattering, bone jarring, like the screen that Bedford North Lawrence’s Alexa Bailey set on an unsuspecting Kentuckian in the backcourt, leaving her leveled, disheveled and helpless.

The stunned look on the face of Kentucky’s Asia Sims, the Bailey victim, told the story: What was that and where did it come from? Why didn’t someone issue a warning?

Indiana was awesome, crushing Kentucky 93-49 in the opening game of the home-and-home weekend All-Stars series on Friday night at Transylvania University. Kentucky will seek revenge when it visits Indianapolis for the rematch on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Indiana, regarded as one of the deepest and best girls teams the All-Stars have assembled, measured up to the hype and history. If Indiana duplicates its second-half explosion, Kentucky could be in trouble, probably is. Indiana, stocked with Division I talent, had too much firepower, too many weapons.

Miss Basketball Ali Patberg ignited the charge and scored 15 points. Jordyn Frantz came off the bench to drain four 3-pointers and total 15 points, and BNL’s Jenna Allen had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Once Indiana cut off Kentucky’s lifeline of offensive rebounds and turnovers, once the intensity reached its expected zenith, Kentucky was out of its league.

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BOYS GOLF: BNL Pointe-ing to the future

Zak Cummings

BNL junior Zak Cummings tracks an iron shot that set up a birdie on the first hole. Cummings posted a 79 during Thursday’s regional.

Stars settle for 12th place

in 18-team regional during

finale at Champions Pointe

By Justin Sokeland

HENRYVILLE – The Bedford North Lawrence season ended exactly where the last five did. There is no disgrace in competing in the regional. But that’s not the goal. And a trip to the state finals is still a Disneyland dream for the Stars.

BNL posted a team total of 334 and finished 12th in Thursday’s IHSAA regional at Champions Pointe. No.1 Center Grove fired a blistering 290 (the best score in the six years the tournament has been held on the Fuzzy Zoeller course) to claim the crown.

No.8 Bloomington South (298) and Floyd Central (306) earned the other two qualifying spots for the state finals at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel on June 16-17.

Daylen Tidd cracks a tee shot. Tidd posted a 79 in the final round of his freshman campaign.

Daylen Tidd cracks a tee shot. Tidd posted a 79 in the final round of his freshman campaign.

BNL had solid rounds from junior Zak Cummings and freshman Daylen Tidd, who both posted 7-over 79s. But even if the Stars had mustered their best 18-hole total of the season, it would not have been good enough to advance from an 18-team field with five ranked among the state’s Top 20.

“It just didn’t happen,” BNL coach Mike Wright said. “I didn’t expect to get out, but I was hoping to put together a 320, so today is a disappointment.”

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL to host June scrimmages

Junior guard Loren Bailey moved over to run the BNL offense with the injury to her sister Alexa.

Loren Bailey and the Stars will scrimmage Indianapolis Attucks on June 19.

Bedford North Lawrence will host Indianapolis Attucks in a scrimmage on June 19.

Junior varsity action will begin at 4 p.m., followed by the varsity. Admission will be $2 at the door. Attucks went 21-4 last season before falling to Indianapolis Ritter in the Class 2-A sectional.

The Stars, making their first public debut after losing graduated stars Dominique McBryde, Jenna Allen and Alexa Bailey, will also host Southport on June 25. Southport went 7-16 in 2014-15.

BNL will also stage its annual summer camp on June 22-25 from 10 a.m. to noon each day. The cost is $35 and athletes can register the first morning.


BASEBALL: Hensley named All-HHC

Jack Green congratulates teammate Drew Hensley with a slap on the back of the head after Hensley scored a run.

BNL sophomore Drew Hensley was named to the HHC First Team.

Bedford North Lawrence sophomore Drew Hensley was named to the Hoosier Hills Conference First Team by the league coaches.

Hensley hit .406 with 18 RBIs, and he went 4-4 with a 4.48 ERA on the mound as the Stars finished 20-9-1.

Floyd Central, the league and sectional champion, dominated the First Team with four selections, including catcher Trey Fulton, pitcher Kyle Beach, Austin Newell and Brandon Smith.

The rest of the squad included Columbus East’s Cam Curry and Will Anderson; Jeffersonville’s Joe Burke and Casey Gibson; Jennings County’s Sam Miller and Caleb Eder; Madison’s Alex Risk; New Albany’s Timmie Redford and A.J. Nixon; and Seymour’s Mitchell Moore.

BNL second baseman Cole Mathews (.406, 2 home runs, 31 RBIs), was named Honorable Mention.


BASKETBALL: Seniors find cure for Junior headache

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BNL’s Jenna Allen rises for a shot over Evansville Memorial’s Emily Sullivan. Allen had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the All-Stars edged the Juniors 86-83 on Wednesday night.

After blowing 19-point lead,

Seniors surge late for 86-83

triumph in final scrimmage

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

COLUMBUS – Dominique McBryde, hiding behind those Foster Grants (or whatever sunglasses the cool kids wear now), looked relaxed and headache free on the Indiana All-Stars bench. Her teammates on the court, however, needed a Tylenol.

When 19-point leads dissolve, when a stunning loss to a talented but smaller Junior All-Star team would have given the Seniors a harder concussion than the one McBryde suffered on Monday night, some medicine is necessary.

The Seniors swallowed hard. They found a cure.

BNL's Alexa Bailey, who didn't shoot, provided a key defensive play in the final minute.

BNL’s Alexa Bailey, who didn’t shoot, provided a key defensive play in the final minute.

Miss Basketball Ali Patberg and diminutive guard Darby Maggard hit late free throws, and  Bedford North Lawrence’s Alexa Bailey forced a critical turnover as the Seniors escaped with a tough 86-83 victory over the Juniors on Wednesday night.

Patberg scored 23 points and added 7 assists, and BNL’s Jenna Allen totaled a huge double-double with 12 points and 12 points, powering the Seniors to a sweep of the scrimmages with the Juniors and sending Indiana into its double duels with Kentucky.

The Seniors were supposed to win. This is supposed to be one of the more potent and talented All-Star teams ever assembled. And for the first 24 minutes, with the Seniors cruising to a 54-35 lead, that hype was virtually reality.

Then Pike’s Tyana Robinson started raining 3-pointers, and Heritage Christian’s Tyasha Harris started scoring from inside, and future Miss Basketball Jackie Young found her range. And before McBryde –  out for the rest of the week with a concussion – could blink away her fog, the Seniors were caught in one.

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BASKETBALL: McBryde out with concussion

Dominique McBryde eyes the basket from close range. McBryde scored 4 points in 20 minutes.

Dominique McBryde suffered a concussion against the Junior All-Stars on Monday night.

Bedford North Lawrence’s Dominique McBryde suffered a concussion during Monday night’s Indiana All-Stars scrimmage and will miss the remainder of the week.

McBryde took a knee to the head in the second half during the scrimmage against the Indiana Junior All-Stars at Richmond. She professed to be fine following the game, which the Seniors won 78-63 as McBryde scored 4 points, but evaluations on Tuesday indicated a concussion and team doctors ordered her sidelined.

The All-Stars will scrimmage the Juniors again at Columbus on Wednesday, then face Kentucky on Friday (in Lexington) and Saturday (in Indianapolis).


BOYS GOLF: Stars returning to shop of horrors

BNLs Daylen Tidd lofts a pitch shot toward his target.

BNL’s Daylen Tidd and the Stars will compete in the regional at Champions Pointe on Thursday.

Champions Pointe has won

its battles with BNL golfers

By Justin Sokeland

Every golfer has a favorite course, where the scores comes easy and the birdies are free. Nobody on Bedford North Lawrence would rank Champions Pointe, the Fuzzy Zoeller course that will host the IHSAA regional on Thursday, very high on their list.

When the goal is advancing through that 18-hole minefield to qualify for the state finals, that’s a problem.

The Stars will take another shot at solving the mysteries of that winding, unforgiving layout when they compete in the 18-team tournament. The top three teams, plus the top five individuals who are not members of advancing teams, will earn a berth in the state championship at Prairie View Golf Club on June 16-17.

Since the regional site was switched from Seymour’s Shadowood to Champions in 2010, BNL has not survived this level. And when reviewing the scores from their first three looks at the course this season, and when factoring in the strength of the field that includes four ranked teams, the Stars have a great challenge.

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