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BNL spins Webb, ensnares Cats in sectional semifinal

NEW ALBANY – BNL’s Madison Webb works inside against North Harrison. Webb scored 15 points as the Stars pounded on the Lady Cats 56-35 and advanced to the sectional final.

By Justin Sokeland

Bnlathletics.com

NEW ALBANY – Calm amidst chaos, cool in the middle of state tournament mayhem, Bedford North Lawrence waited for the perfect time to spin its big Webb and snag the prey.

Clinging to a thin strand of lead, the Stars pounced, fashioning an intricate network of picture-perfect offensive execution while leaving North Harrison trapped, tormented and terminated.

Madison Webb, the soft-spoken junior center, scored 15 points as BNL pulled free for a 56-35 victory over the Lady Cats in the Class 4A sectional semifinal at New Albany on Saturday night. Jorie Allen added 13 points as the Stars (21-5) advanced to the final, in their quest for an eighth consecutive championship.

After a tense first half, with the Cats scratching back from a 10-2 deficit to 22-19 striking range at the break, the Stars asserted their expected dominant force. They went on a 14-0 run to finish the third quarter, capped by Webb’s buzzer-beating trey fling from the left wing, and North Harrison had to bow to the defending champions.


Webb was the finisher, scoring 13 second-half points, as the Stars shredded North Harrison’s extended defense. With Allen attracting so much attention in the throat of the zone, Webb was often open near the basket. When she got it, she knew what to do with it.

“They got up really high, and that leaves Madi alone on the baseline,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “We talked about that before the game, that she had to be strong down there because she was going to get the ball. She did a great job of that in the second half and helped us get some separation.”

BNL, which hammered North Harrison 55-31 during the regular-season clash at BNL, shot to a quick lead as Chloe McKnight and Gracie Crulo-Rood buried 3-pointers. The Cats, who had a bye and a week to prepare for the rematch, did not take that lying down. Lilly Hatton, their future All-Star, scored six points while fueling a rally.

NEW ALBANY – BNL’s Jorie Allen attracted a crowd when she got the ball in the middle of North Harrison’s zone. Allen scored 13 points.

“We finally slowed down and started doing things we were told to do,” North Harrison coach Missy Voyles said. “We started off like we had forgotten the offense. Then we fell into a rhythm.”

“We knew it was going to be much closer than the last time,” Allen said. “The big thing now is we’re not getting rattled, we’re staying calm. At this level, teams are going to make runs, teams are going to play with you because of the intensity level of the state tournament. You have to stay calm.”

When BNL made its second push, the Cats lost their poise. Five straight possessions, five straight quickly launched treys. The Stars didn’t give them another chance. Jacy Hughes drilled two 3-pointers during BNL’s deciding breakaway.

“We were getting kind of rushed,” Voyles said, “which we tend to do.”

While Allen was swarmed, Webb was free to roam, and Allen was perfectly content to find her interior teammate.

“You have to give up something,” Voyles said. “You double on Jorie and they have three good shooters out there.”

NEW ALBANY – BNL’s Chloe McKnight fights for possession of the ball. McKnight had 8 points and 7 rebounds.

“We spread them out and little bit and opened it up,” Webb said. “We just had to stay calm. It’s a game of runs and we just had to play the way we do.”

Webb, Allen and McKnight also took care of the glasss work, combining for 20 rebounds as the Stars pounded the Cats 29-17 in that statistical category. BNL also hit 13 of 19 shots in the second half.

“We really shared the basketball well in the second half,” Allen said. “I really like the mental aspect of how we’re playing right now.”

Hatton and Chloe Jacobi had 10 points each for the Cats (17-7), who will drop back down to 3A after a two-year stay in the upper level because of the IHSAA’s success factor rule.

BNL will face Jennings County, a 49-48 winner over New Albany in the second semifinal, in the final on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

NEW ALBANY – BNL’s Gracie Crulo-Rood spots an opening in the defense.

NORTH HARRISON LADY CATS (35)

3s FGs FTs R F Pts

14 Lilly Hatton, f 0-1 3-14 4-4 3 3 10

21 Chloe Jacobi, f 2-3 4-6 0-0 3 1 10

44 Lucy Robertson, c 0-0 2-5 1-2 5 2 5

11 Ali Saunders, g 0-3 0-5 1-2 1 1 1

12 Savanna Rhodes, g 1-5 1-5 0-0 1 1 3

22 Diana Burgher 0-1 0-2 0-0 3 2 0

35 Skylie Burns 2-2 2-2 0-0 0 1 6

32 Jessica Falk 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

25 Molly Coomer 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

5 Madison Messick 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

4 Madison Nicolas 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 5-15 12-39 6-8 17 11 35

BEDFORD NL STARS (56)

3s FGs FTs R F Pts

33 Jorie Allen, f 0-0 3-5 7-10 7 2 13

32 Madison Webb, c 1-1 6-11 2-3 6 3 15

11 Chloe McKnight, g 2-9 3-10 0-0 7 1 8

12 Jacy Hughes, g 3-4 3-6 0-0 3 2 9

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

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

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

22 Allie Fugate 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 2

3 Sylvia Woods 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

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

20 Makenna Moore 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

21 Abby Riley 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 2

Totals 7-16 19-40 11-15 29 9 56

North Harrison 6 13 2 14 – 35

Bedford NL 13 9 16 18 – 56

Turnovers – North Harrison 10, BNL 8

Field goal percentage – North Harrison 12-39 (.308), BNL 19-40 (.475)

Free throw percentage – North Harrison 6-8 (.750); BNL 11-15 (.733)