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Stars fall in doubles semifinal

BNL’s Abbey Bridges teamed with Abby Riley in the doubles sectional at Bloomington North on Tuesday.

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington North’s Izzy Flynn and Joy Bhattacharya edged Bedford North Lawrence’s Abby Riley and Abbey Bridges in the doubles sectional semifinal on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cougars fought through for a 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 victory and advanced to the final against Jennings County.

After dropping the first set, the Riley-Bridges combination clicked.

“We weren’t quite ready that first set, but the whole match the games went to deuce or beyond,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “As close as the last two sets were, it was just a battle the entire time.

“It was a close one. We just let a couple of things go in the third set that I wish we could have back.”

Riley is one of four seniors that finished their BNL careers.

“They were a good combination,” Stigall said. “It’s hard when you find a good one and have to replace it. It’s always tough. I don’t know what we’ll do. I guess we’ll see when the time comes.”