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‘Lonely’ Stars zip past Zionsville

 

ZIONSVILLE – BNL’s Jacy Hughes attacks the basket. Hughes scored 16 points as the No.7 Stars clipped Zionsville 55-44 on Saturday afternoon.

By Justin Sokeland

bnlathletics.com

ZIONSVILLE – Only the lonely could do the damage, only the lonely could feel the way Bedford North Lawrence’s Jacy Hughes did on Saturday afternoon.

Zionsville’s smothering interior defense, intent on pounding BNL star Jorie Allen into quiet submission, had to allow someone to wander on the perimeter. The Eagles chose Hughes. They chose poorly.

Hughes drilled four 3-pointers, including a pair during a third-quarter surge, as No.7 BNL battled to a 55-44 road victory. Allen, who absorbed a few bruises, totaled 19 points – the bulk in the second half as the Stars recovered from Zionsville’s brief lead and conquered another ranked opponent.

The No.13 Eagles (4-3) opened the third quarter with back-to-back bombs from Kaiti Huber, who was doing her best Maddie Nolan (the injured and absent Indiana Junior All-Star) imitation. The Stars trailed 28-23 when they erupted, thanks to a Hughes highlight package.

Two treys, two steals on the press point, another basket, all by the smallest kid on the court. BNL (7-1) bolted in front 38-33 and pulled away in the fourth. Allen, who didn’t have a basket in the first half, hit her last four shots and spent enough time at the foul line (11 of 15) to qualify for squatter’s rights.

ZIONSVILLE – BNL’s Jorie Allen works her way into the front court. Allen scored 19 points.

“We were a little more intense in the second half,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “We did a really good job on the boards, and we looked to attack them more off the dribble. I thought we had an advantage doing that. I really liked our play. That’s a very good team, long and skilled. We did a good job with the effort.”

Zionsville has size, a trio of 6-foot-1 kids inside. They were cut down to size, combining to hit only 2-of-18 shots and totaled 9 points. BNL also applied constant pressure and forced 16 turnovers.

Hughes got the Stars started with two treys, and Katie Fisher’s corner jumper game BNL and 11-3 lead. The Stars held that advantage until the Huber flurry early in the third. That’s when BNL refocused and put together its best minutes.

”We were lacking execution, so we picked it up,” Hughes said. “Our plan was to pressure them. We felt we had an advantage.”

Allen added 8 rebounds, Madison Webb (who started after getting good news about her right knee earlier in the week) totaled 6 points and 7 rebounds. Allen, drawing more attention than a Hollywood starlet being chased by paparazzi, created open space by her sheer presence in the paint.

“It always makes a difference when she’s contributing on the scoreboard,” Allen said. “They were picking kids to leave alone, and they left Jacy alone twice in that sequence (in the third quarter). She’s capable if you leave her alone. That’s what we hope people do.”

Huber finished with 16 (a perfect 4-of-4 from long range) and Gabby Woodworth added 13 for Zionsville. Katey Richason and Megan Sheridan both grabbed 8 rebounds.

The Stars will return to action on Tuesday against Jennings County.

ZIONSVILLE – BNL’s Chloe McKnight takes off on a fast break. McKnight totaled 6 points.

BEDFORD NL STARS (55)

3s FGs FTs R F Pts

33 Jorie Allen, f 0-1 4-11 11-15 8 4 19

32 Madison Webb, c 0-0 3-4 0-0 7 2 6

11 Chloe McKnight, g 2-5 2-6 0-0 5 1 6

12 Jacy Hughes, g 4-7 5-10 2-3 1 4 16

24 Gracie Crulo-Rood, g 0-0 0-2 3-5 2 1 3

22 Allie Fugate 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

30 Katie Fisher 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 1 3

23 Jenna Louden 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 2 0

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

Totals 7-14 16-36 16-23 25 17 55

 

ZIONSVILLE EAGLES (44)

3s FGs FTs R F Pts

32 Katey Richason, f 0-4 1-9 1-2 8 2 3

33 Delaney Richason, f 0-1 0-2 2-2 0 4 2

21 Megan Sheridan, c 0-2 1-7 2-2 8 5 4

13 Gabby Woodworth, g 3-7 3-7 4-4 2 4 13

5 Katie Huber, g 4-4 6-12 0-1 2 3 16

11 Imani Thomas 0-0 1-1 0-0 5 2 2

3 Aalia Carlson 1-2 1-3 0-0 1 0 3

10 Lily Bird 0-0 0-1 1-2 3 1 1

Totals 8-20 13-42 10-13 31 21 44

 

Bedford NL 11 11 16 17 – 55

Zionsville 7 13 13 11 – 44

Turnovers – BNL 9, Zionsville 16

Field goal percentage – BNL 16-36 (.444); Zionsville 13-42 (.310)

Free throw percentage – BNL 16-23 (.696); Zionsville 10-13 (.769)