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Stars escape the Devils’ den

JEFFERSONVILLE – BNL’s Jorie Allen faces defensive pressure. Allen’s 10-footer with 15 seconds left powered the Stars to a 38-37 win at Jeffersonville on Saturday night.

By Justin Sokeland

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JEFFERSONVILLE – Jorie Allen had probably heard enough. One bad game, and a silent, unholy night against a legion of Devils, was ringing in her ears when she silenced all the demons.

Allen’s tough 10-footer in the paint with 15 seconds left was the difference as No.6 Bedford North Lawrence escaped with a gritty 38-37 victory over Jeffersonville in the Hoosier Hills Conference opener on Saturday night.

She’s made a habit of tormenting these Devils. Her shot at the end of double-overtime in last year’s sectional still haunts. This one wasn’t quite as dramatic, but it was another highlight at Jeffersonville’s expense. Allen scored 11 points and Allie Fugate totaled 10 to end BNL’s hellish week against ranked, quality competition with a gut-check victory.

BNL (5-1 overall) had the lead all night, taking control with a 10-0 burst in the first half and bolting to a 17-6 advantage. That took a lot of game minutes to accomplish, because there’s no such thing as explosive runs in this series. Neither defense will allow that.

Jeffersonville (3-2) finally went ahead on Tori Handley’s steal and layup with 32 seconds left. That set the stage for Allen’s clutch heroics. She dribbled patiently into the lane, making three moves before firing.

“I’ve been pretty hard on her because she hasn’t made shots,” BNL coach – and father – Jeff Allen said, momentarily forgetting his Miss Basketball candidate had hit 78 percent of her attempts in the first four games. “But she made one when we needed one. I guess I better lay off a little bit. That was a big basket. She took her time and let it develop. It was a tough shot against a tough team.”

JEFFERSONVILLE – Allie Fugate stepped into the starting lineup and had 10 points plus 7 rebounds.

Jeffersonville coach Mike Warren has seen this before. His scheme was to make Allen surrender the ball at all times, no matter how many bodies, hands and traps it took. Rarely was Allen alone – until the last possession.

“Anybody that plays Bedford and doesn’t make her give the basketball up, I question their coaching ability,” Warren said. “That was a focus for us. We did a phenomenal job on her, but that last play we did a little spectating. She beat us. She hit a heck of a shot again. We’ve seen that before. She beat us again.”

Getting to that point was a battle. The BNL run started with a Jacy Hughes trey, followed by Allen’s 8-footer, Katie Fisher’s 3-pointer and another Hughes bomb. Nan Garcia, Jeff’s Div. I talent, scored the next 10 points to draw the Devils within 17-16 at the half.

Then the game got really sticky. What else is expected when these league rivals collide.

The Stars would spurt (treys from Chloe McKnight and Fugate for a 25-18 lead), the Devils would respond. Fugate’s final basket with 5:40 left gave the Stars a 34-28 edge. They didn’t have another basket until the Allen game-winner.

Fugate, inserted in the lineup while BNL awaits word on Madison Webb’s right knee injury, had 8 of her points in the second half and added 7 rebounds. Not bad for a kid who can’t walk through an airport metal detector.

”She did a great job,” Allen said. “She rebounded, made some nice plays. Good for her.”

JEFFERSONVILLE – BNL’s Jacy Hughes finds room in the open court. Hughes totaled 6 points.

Garcia finished with 12 points – none after halftime – while Handley totaled 11. Garcia missed a 1-and-1 with 6 seconds left that could have reversed fortunes, and the Devils never got a last shot airborne after getting the ball back with 3 seconds left.

“It’s a good feeling,” Allen said. “I don’t know we played all that great, but Mike’s kids had something to do with that. Their defense is pretty good. It’s probably not a fun game to watch, probably like getting a tooth pulled because we both play such good defense.

“Our kids hung in there. They’re tired right now. We made plays when we needed to. A conference win on the road, I’ll take it.”

Neither team shot well, but that’s the norm in these clashes.

“We beat ourselves with our offensive execution,” Warren said. “If we don’t get up and down, we get stagnant and we’re an ugly basketball team to watch sometimes on the offensive end.”

BNL needs some recovery time and will get it, idle until a road trip to Zionsville on Nov. 24.

JEFFERSONVILLE – BNL’s Gracie Crulo-Rood looks for a way past Jeffersonville’s Jade Lilly.

BEDFORD NL STARS (38)

3s FGs FTs R F Pts

33 Jorie Allen, f 0-0 3-10 5-6 8 4 11

22 Allie Fugate, g 2-6 4-8 0-0 7 0 10

11 Chloe McKnight, g 2-5 2-6 0-0 5 3 6

12 Jacy Hughes, g 2-3 2-3 0-1 2 2 6

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

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

2 Irye Gomez 0-2 1-4 0-0 0 2 2

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

Totals 7-19 13-35 5-7 27 12 38

 

JEFFERSONVILLE RED DEVILS (37)

3s FGs FTs R F Pts

25 Kiersten Poor, f 1-4 2-6 0-0 4 1 5

1 Alexis Gibson, f 1-2 1-2 2-4 3 4 5

24 Nan Garcia, c 1-1 4-11 3-4 7 4 12

4 Tori Handley, g 3-5 4-8 0-0 6 2 11

15 Kelsie James, g 1-6 1-7 1-2 1 0 4

10 Jade Lilly 0-0 0-2 0-2 2 1 0

Totals 7-18 12-36 6-10 23 12 37

 

Bedford NL 9 8 12 9 – 38

Jeffersonville 6 10 9 12 – 37

Turnovers – BNL 14, Jeffersonville 8

Field goal percentage – BNL 12-35 (.343), Jeffersonville 12-36 (.333)

Free throw percentage – BNL 5-7 (.714), Jeffersonville 6-10 (.600)