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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Panthers leave claw marks

Jorie Allen

BNL’s Jorie Allen powers her way past a defender. Allen scored 15 points, but the Stars suffered a 61-37 loss to No.4 North Central on Friday night.

No.4 North Central wears

down BNL with pressure,

pulls away to 61-37 victory

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The difference between a diamond and a lump of coal? Pressure.

The main difference between Class 4-A No.4 North Central and No.13 Bedford North Lawrence? Ditto.

In a battle classified as a tape-measure game, the Stars came up far short, surrendering to North Central’s relentless, swarming, claws-and-paws defensive pressure during a 61-37 setback on Friday night at BNL Fieldhouse. BNL had neither the athletes, nor the mental persistence, to withstand the constant barrage of traps, harassment and challenges.

Rikki Harris, one of the highly-ranked recruiting targets in the nation’s sophomore class, scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while directing an all-out blitz that left BNL gasping and grasping. The Stars were clinging like hairs on a static-charged shirt, down 31-26 midway through the third quarter. But they lost their tentative grip and got dusted from that point.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: BNL better than advertised

Isaiah Stockman

BNL junior Isaiah Stockman drives to the basket against Columbus North during Thursday’s scrimmage. Stockman had 11 points as BNL ‘won’ the workout by a combined score of 54-48.

Young Stars ‘win’ scrimmage

at Columbus North as Ritter,

Ray, Stockman lead the way

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

COLUMBUS – If the muttering was true, if the worriers were concerned about the state of Bedford North Lawrence basketball – and the angst was coming from within the BNL camp – imagine the fear from without.

Take a deep breath.

In their public debut against real competition (not counting the intrasquad practice, which is just a glorified practice), the Stars were better than advertised as they not only competed against Columbus North in the IHSAA-sanctioned scrimmage on Thursday night, they won it. That’s right. Won it.

Now let’s preface that just a bit. The Bull Dogs were missing a couple of important players (out because of illness and suspension). The format, four quarters of a running clock until the final minute, included dictated defenses. And if free throws were shot for every foul whistled, North would still be camped at the line.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Can Stars survive pressure cooker?

BNL's Allie Crulo-Rood scans the court. The Stars started with a win over Mooresville, now they will face Seymour in the HHC opener.

BNL’s ability to handle defensive pressure will be tested when the Stars (4-0) face No.4 North Central (3-0) on Friday night at BNL Fieldhouse.

BNL faces extreme weekend

tests against No.4 North

Central and Jeffersonville

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Somebody out there, a coach with the power of the ballot, believes North Central is the best team in the state. Bedford North Lawrence will test that opinion, on the court where theories are tested and facts matter, on Friday night.

Officially, North Central is No.4 in the latest Class 4-A poll, and the Panthers (3-0) will present BNL’s biggest challenge yet this season. How good are the No.13 Stars? With no disrespect to the first four opponents that have been vanquished, they are about to find out, in a pressure cooker.

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North Central thrives on its defensive tenacity, on its ability to press, to create chaos and panic. The Panthers forced 30 turnovers during their recent 71-44 demolition of Mooresville, and BNL can sympathize. The Stars coughed up 31 during last year’s 39-31 loss at North Central. When the turnover total matches the point total, it’s bad news.

“That’s the focus,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “We have to take care of the basketball. We feel like, if we do that, we’ll be in a good position to compete with them. hopefully put ourselves in a position to win.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars scratch past these cats

Jorie Alen

BNL’s Jorie Allen powers her way through traffic in the lane. Allen had 17 rebounds as the Stars muscled past Bloomington South 37-29 on Tuesday night.

BNL grinds out 37-29

road triumph over

Panthers to go 4-0

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

BLOOMINGTON – Few shots were falling. Now that could the result of Bloomington South switching out regular rims for the carnival-size targets, and certainly nobody was going home with a fluffy stuffed animal as a prize. Or perhaps about 14 kids need to visit their eye doctor.

The wall of bricks in front of her did not faze Bedford North Lawrence sophomore Allie Fugate. Shooters always believe, in their stone-cold hearts, the next one is going down. Her last one sure did, and with it went Bloomington South.

McKenzie Messmore drives and dishes to an open teammate. Messmore had 9 points.

McKenzie Messmore drives and dishes to an open teammate. Messmore had 9 points.

Fugate drained a corner 3-pointer with 1:13 left, propping up her tettering team as the Class 4-A No.13 Stars scratched out a 37-29 victory over the Panthers on Tuesday night and improved to 4-0 with one of those grind-it-out wins that South always seems to demand.

Nothing about South is pretty, not unless purple is a preferred color, and some of the bruises on both teams will turn that hue. This was a grim, grabby battle, when a basket should have been awarded a purple heart. Fugate’s bomb, with her team clinging to a 30-27 lead before it swished so smoothly, sucked the air out of the place.

What is it about South-BNL clashes that creates these games? “It’s this way every time,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said, and that includes the time a recent state champion made the same trip and struggled. One reason is South is a tenacious defensive team. Now if the Panthers could only shoot, this might have had a different ending.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL working on road construction

BNL senior Kennedy Bunch and the Stars will face a tough road test at Bloomington South on Tuesday night.

BNL senior Kennedy Bunch and the Stars will face a tough road test at Bloomington South on Tuesday night.

Stars facing tough challenge

during trip to face 2-0 South

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Driving and navigating the main highways in Monroe County, now a mess of traffic cones, speed limits and heavy equipment, is a challenge of patience and planning. Leave a little early, expect some problems, stay focused.

That also describes Bedford North Lawrence’s journey to Bloomington South on Tuesday night. The unbeaten Stars, ranked No.13 in Class 4-A, are facing their first real road test against a quality opponent, and it’s a trip that could – with one wrong turn – be an accident waiting to happen.

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The Panthers (2-0) have always been difficult to conquer, even though BNL has won five straight in the series. None of those victories came with style points.

“They’ve always played us tough,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. ‘We’ve gone up there with some good basketball teams and barely got out of there with some wins. So it’s not a easy place to win. They’re going to be ready to compete.”

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL rises to No.19 in IBCA poll

Jeff Allen addresses his team during Day 1 of official practice for the 2016-17 season.

BNL coach Jeff Allen and the Stars are ranked No.19 in the latest IBCA poll.

Bedford North Lawrence, for the first time this season, cracked the Top 20 in the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association girls basketball state poll.

The Stars (3-0) are ranked No.19 in the poll, which is not divided into class divisions. BNL has opened with impressive wins over Mooresville, Seymour and Mitchell, and this week the Stars face challenges against Bloomington South, North Central and Jeffersonville.

Columbus North is ranked No.1, followed by Homestead, Carmel and North Central.

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East’s Hogan repeats as Athlete of the Week

Columbus East's Jamon Hogan ran for three touchdowns against Seymour on Friday night. Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

Columbus East’s Jamon Hogan ran for 260 yards and 4 touchdowns in the 5-A regional.
Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

Columbus East running back Jamon Hogan, for the second consecutive week and for the third time this season, was named Athlete of the Week by TheHHCSports.com.

Hogan exploded for 260 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the No.4 Olympians conquered Zionsville 42-35 in the Class 5-A regional championship. Hogan ripped off long TD runs of 29 and 92j yards, powering East (12-1) to the semistate at Bloomington South. Hogan now has rushed for 1,994 yards and 36 touchdowns this season.

TheHHCSports.com will honor the best performance during each week during the fall, winter and spring sessions of the 2016-17 seasons. Jeffersonville running back Jordan Barnett, Madison receiver Clayton Hamby, Columbus East quarterback Josh Major, Floyd Central’s offensive line, New Albany running back Darquan Richardson, Seymour quarterback Alan Perry and Columbus East’s defense were honored in previous weeks.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Pink is the new black and blue

BNL's Jenna Allen eyes the basket while powering through Mitchell defenders. Allen scored 25 points as the Stars slammed the Bluejackets 83-21 on Saturday night.

BNL’s Jorie Allen eyes the basket while powering through Mitchell defenders. Allen scored 25 points as the Stars slammed the Bluejackets 83-21 on Saturday night.

BNL continues its dominance

of county rival with crushing

83-21 blowout of Bluejackets

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

MITCHELL – Only one team looked pretty in pink.

Bedford North Lawrence and Mitchell, county rivalries that joined forces to raise money for cancer research, were on opposite ends of the color spectrum on Saturday night. The Stars were white hot, and the Bluejackets were left black and blue from all the damage BNL dished out.

The Stars, ranked No.12 in Class 4-A, wasted little time or energy while crushing Mitchell 83-21, the worst beating in the series since it became an annual event. That also represents the most points BNL has scored since burning Bloomington North for 87 two years ago, and it’s the biggest margin of victory since that 87-22 win over the Cougars.

The Bluejackets were 2-0 for the first time in 10 years, but that didn’t last long. BNL (3-0) exploded for a 13-0 lead that forced Mitchell coach Matt Sowders to call two timeouts during the first three minutes, and that was only the beginning. The Stars blasted to a 51-8 lead at halftime.

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GIRLS SWIMMING: BNL finishes 2nd in relay debut

Sidney Carlile

Sidney Carlile

Terry Tlustek

Terry Tlustek

TELL CITY – Bedford North Lawrence finished second in the season-opening Tell City Relays on Saturday afternoon.

Mt Vernon dominated the meet, which was comprised completely of relay events, while winning nine of the 10 races. The Stars settled for second in six events.

Tell City results

“We had a great meet,” BNL coach Terry Tlustek said. “The format was fun, and the girls enjoyed it.  They want to go back next year.

“The best thing for the girls was beating Jasper.  They have never in my history in the program, as assistant or head coach, ever had a situation where our girls have beat Jasper in any setting.  So the girls were on cloud nine.  That is some momentum we hope to maintain.”

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