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Allen wrenches Stars past Pioneers

Allen scores 25 as BNL

tops Mooresville in opener

BNL senior Jorie Allen drives past Mooresville’s Elizabeth Gillin. Allen scored 25 points as the No.7 Stars cruised to a 49-31 win in the season opener on Tuesday night.

By Justin Sokeland

bnlathletics.com

BEDFORD – Bedford North Lawrence needed an Allen wrench to tighten down its first win.

Some of the normal bolts of the BNL machine stripped out in this season opener. The socket kept slipping, couldn’t turn anything. But the hex key did the job. 

Sensational senior Jorie Allen, a Miss Basketball candidate, did the mechanic’s work – hands dirty, grease smeared on the face – as the No.7 Stars beat down Mooresville 49-31 on Tuesday night in BNL Fieldhouse. Allen scored 25 points, most during a gritty first half as BNL purred while the Pioneers misfired like a gas engine with diesel fuel in the tank.

The Stars roared to a 14-1 lead and left Mooresville in the garage, with a lot of tune-up work to do. BNL did a lot of sputtering after the early getaway, but Allen kept her foot on the gas. She missed only one shot, the kind of performance one expects from an Indiana University recruit.

“It’s her senior year, and she understands she needs to exert her will every game,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “Hopefully she continues to play like she did.”

Allen was a force in the paint. She had three 3-point plays, almost oblivious to the defenders smacking at her, and the interior passing between her and junior center Madison Webb (8 points) invoked a few smiles. When Jorie stepped outside to stroke a 3-pointer, it was almost unfair when it splashed.

BNL’s Madison Webb muscles her way toward the basket. Webb totaled 8 points.

After the revved getaway, the Stars had other bursts. They scored the first 10 points of the second half for a 35-13 lead, and Jacy Hughes buried back-to-back treys in the fourth quarter for the biggest lead at 48-19. The Stars coasted from there.

BNL hit some bumps in the road. The Stars hit only 4 of 19 from long range, and if Allen’s 9-of-10 effort is excluded, BNL hit only 9 of 34 among the the rest of the roster. But Allen’s power and BNL’s defensive grinding made a Mooresville comeback almost impossible.

“We made a little push. That didn’t last very long,” Mooresville veteran coach Mark Hurt said. “We got off to a really slow start, didn’t shoot the ball well. We didn’t play very well together.

“We struggled to score offensively, and they just kept pushing that thing out.”

Sophomore guard Chloe McKnight dribbles around a defender.

Paige Gregory paced the Pioneers with 8 points. Elise Scaggs, who’s going to play Div. II college basketball at Davenport, totaled only 2 points. She averaged 15.4 last year and had a double-double against BNL in the last meeting. Not this time.

“Really….” Allen said, astonished when informed of the Scaggs stat. “I thought we were really good defensively.”

Webb added 9 rebounds while Hughes finished with 7 points. But after such brilliant shooting in the preseason scrimmages, the Stars got a little gun-shy after so many misses. 

“That’s a tough team to play against,” Allen said. “They always are. It’s a tough opening game, because they’re a lot like us. Their kids are disciplined. This was a great win against a quality program to start the year.

Madison Webb soars above Mooresville’s Ava Mayer to score from close range.

“They were good shots. So much for that theory is was going to be a trend. But I think it affected the kids a little bit. They had really shot it well, but I could see some heads come down. They’ll make them.”

BNL will have some time to get every aspect running smoothly. The Stars are scheduled to visit Brownsburg on Nov. 9, although the status of that game is in jeopardy should either school’s football team win a sectional championship. 

If that road trip gets postponed, BNL will visit Mitchell on Nov. 10.

BNL’s Katie Fisher challenges Mooresville’s Elise Scaggs in the paint.

MOORESVILLE PIONEERS (31)

…………………………………3s     FG    FT     R    F  TP

30 Elise Scaggs, f…..0-2    1-6    0-0    7    1    2

32 Addi Shaffer, f….. 0-1    0-3   0-0    1    2    0

20 Paige Gregory, g..0-4    2-7    4-8    4    3    8

3 Lauren Farb, g………1-4    1-4    0-0    3    1    3

11 Lauren Gott, g…….1-2    3-6    0-0    1    2    7

10 Madelynn Denny..0-1    1-5     1-2    4    1    3

22 Dani Karr……………..0-1    0-1    0-0    0   0   0

44 Ava Mayer……………0-0    0-3    0-0    0   1   0

45 Elizabeth Gillin…..0-0    2-6    2-4    2    1    6

21 Alex Sanders………0-0    1-3    0-0    2    0    2

Totals………………….2-13  11-43  7-14  28  12  31

BEDFORD NL STARS (49)

………………………………….3s     FG      FT     R     F    TP

33 Jorie Allen, f……….1-1   9-10    6-7     6     3   25

11 Chloe McKnight, f…0-4   1-7    0-0    4     1     2

32 Madison Webb, c…..0-1  4-10   0-0    9     0    8

12 Jacy Hughes, g………2-5    2-7   1-2    2     1    7

24 Gracie Crulo-Rood, g.0-0  0-0   0-2    3     1    0

30 Katie Fisher………….0-2    0-3    0-0    1     1     0

22 Allie Fugate………….1-2    1-2     0-0    1     0     3

23 Jenna Louden………0-1    0-1    0-0     0    0     0

2 Irye Gomez…………….0-1     1-2     1-1     0    0    3

50 Peyton Sweet……..0-0    0-0    0-0     0    0     0

20 Makena Moore……0-1   0-1    0-0     0     0     0

40 Haley Deckard……0-0   0-0    1-2      1     0     1

21 Abby Riley…………..0-0   0-0    0-0    0     0      0

3 Sylvia Woods………..0-1   0-1    0-0     0     2     0

Totals………………….4-19  18-44    9-14   32    9   49

 

Mooresville       4     9     5     13 – 31

Bedford NL      16    9    13    11 – 49

Turnovers – Mooresville 15, BNL 14

Field goal percentage – Mooresville 11-43 (.256); BNL 18-44 (.409)

Free throw percentage – Mooresville 7-14 (.500); BNL 9-14 (.642)