North Central forces 31
turnovers to conquer
fumbling Stars 39-31
By Justin Sokeland
INDIANAPOLIS – Captain Obvious could answer this one. The reason isn’t difficult to analyze, to pinpoint the problem, to figure out why Class 4-A No.10 North Central conquered Bedford North Lawrence.
Turnover, after turnover, after turnover. When a basketball team has more of those than shot attempts, it’s a dead giveaway. And that’s exactly what BNL did on Friday night during a 39-31 road loss that was a step backward in almost all mental phases.
The Stars were guilty of a mind-boggling 31 turnovers, and they scored only one basket in the final 12 minutes. So maybe the fact they only lost by single digits is a testament to strong will. Maybe BNL coach Jeff Allen is going to chew that gum so hard he breaks a tooth.
After a sparkling first quarter, when the shooting strokes were solid and the decisions were sound, BNL suffered a complete breakdown of fundamentals and mental toughness. North Central’s relentless, unforgiving pressure and harassment caused a collective brain malfunction.