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Hughes, Stars shoot past scratchy Cubs

MADISON – BNL’s Madison Webb works in the lane during Saturday afternoon’s clash with Madison. The No.7 Stars conquered the Cubs 65-47.

By Justin Sokeland

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MADISON – Maybe the odds were forever in Madison’s favor. Jacy Hughes defied them and made the Cubs pay for their Hunger Games approach.

Jacy Hughes

Hughes drilled six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 20 points, shooting Bedford North Lawrence to a tougher-than-expected 65-47 road victory over the scratching, clawing Cubs on Saturday afternoon. Jorie Allen, targeted and tormented most of the day, had 17 points as the No.7 Stars took another step toward the Hoosier Hills Conference championship.

BNL coach Jeff Allen also recorded career win N0.100, thanks to the hot Hughes and the dagger shots she buried in the second half. She matched her career best from behind the line as BNL (11-1, 5-0 in the league) pulled away early in the fourth quarter and conquered the Cubs for the 13th consecutive time.

Madison (3-9, 1-4) had moments that made the Stars squirm. Sophomore center Jade Nutley was fantastic, scoring 23 points, but every time the Cubs got close, Hughes found an opening.

“They were running junk zones against us, trying to take Jorie away, which a lot of people do,” Allen said. “They did it pretty well. But we have other weapons. We just need to figure out which one we need to use, get the ball in the right spot. I think my kids are good at that.

“We have to look for that open kid, and keep going back to that kid, especially if they’re hot like she was.”

Allen, the Indiana University recruit who attracts attention like the flaming costume Katniss Everdeen donned, powered BNL in front with inside muscle and Allie Fugate stroked two treys as the Stars smoked to a 26-13 lead after the first quarter. Nobody told Madison to fold at that point.

Nutley, a smooth combination of power and agility, did her best to keep the Cubs within striking range. Her top-of-the-key jumper cut BNL’s advantage to 40-33 late in the third. Then Hughes went off, scoring BNL’s next four baskets – all from deep – and Gracie Crulo-Rood’s steal and layup gave BNL a 55-36 lead for the final five minutes.

MADISON – BNL’s Jorie Allen rises to shoot over Madison’s Jade Nutley. Allen had 17 points while Nutley paced the Cubs with 23.

”I knew they were tripling, doubling on Jorie,” said Hughes, who had a similar night at East Central last season. “Someone had to step up and do it.”

Madison coach Sonja Bowyer, with only one day to prepare for BNL’s onslaught, decided it was prudent to make someone besides BNL’s Miss Basketball candidate do the damage. The numbers dictate that strategy. Allen had only 11 shots, but Hughes found the open areas against the box-and-1 chase on BNL’s best.

”They were a little deadly, daggers to the heart right there,” Bowyer said. “I had to play the odds. They were going to hit some shots. I can live with those.”

MADISON – BNL’s Chloe McKnight rips the ball past Madison’s Jade Nutley.

Allen and Madison Webb both had 9 rebounds and Chloe McKnight totaled 10 points.

Nutley was a game-changer. Paige Young added 14 points, but the kid with 00 on her jersey should have worn 23 (Jordan, LeBron?) to match her output.

“She finally figured out, ‘You know what? I need to be the one shooting right now,’” Bowyer said. “She took that. She’s a very unselfish player, and there are times I need her to be more selfish.”

Madison had one last flurry, two 3-point plays and a trey, to get back within 10 with 2:01 left. That was enough.

“We would hit shots, then go back and be lazy on defense,” Hughes said. “We kind of got away from our intensity.”

BNL will return to action against Bloomington North on Tuesday.

MADISON – BNL’s Irye Gomez looks for an opening on the baseline.

BEDFORD NL STARS (65)

3s FGs FTs R F Pts

33 Jorie Allen, f 0-0 7-11 3-5 9 3 17

32 Madison Webb, c 0-0 4-6 0-0 9 2 8

11 Chloe McKnight, g 1-7 2-11 5-6 2 3 10

12 Jacy Hughes, g 6-8 7-10 0-0 3 1 20

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

30 Katie Fisher 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

22 Allie Fugate 2-2 2-2 0-0 0 0 6

21 Abby Riley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

2 Irye Gomez 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 1 2

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

Totals 9-19 24-45 8-11 26 10 65

 

MADISON CUBS (47)

3s FGs FTs R F Pts

44 Jessie Dyer, f 0-0 0-0 2-2 3 3 2

21 Lundun Perry, f 0-0 0-3 0-0 0 1 0

00 Jade Nutley, c 3-5 9-15 2-3 5 2 23

23 Paige Young, g 1-3 6-13 1-1 2 4 14

5 Bailey Dyer, g 0-1 1-4 0-1 4 3 2

12 Harper Watson 0-0 0-2 0-0 2 2 0

2 Daesja Jay 2-3 2-3 0-0 0 0 6

34 Taylor Lynch 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0 0

Totals 6-13 18-41 5-7 18 15 47

 

Bedford NL 26 7 14 18 – 65

Madison 13 11 9 14 – 47

Turnovers – BNL 11, Madison 15

Field goal percentage – BNL (.533); Madison 18-41 (.439)

Free throw percentage – BNL 8-11 (.727); Madison 5-7 (.714)