A lot of basketball is to be played between now and Feb. 16, but it’s a good bet that girls basketball fans have that date circled on their calendars.
That’s the date of girls regional action across Indiana, and in particular at Bedford North Lawrence. The unbeaten Class 4A No. 2 Stars and No. 1 Columbus North are on a collision course to meet in a rematch of last year’s Bedford North Lawrence Regional final.
The Bull Dogs (19-0) and Stars (15-0) are among only six unbeaten teams left in Indiana, four of which are in Class 4A. Last year, North beat BNL 43-42 in the finals of the Bedford North Lawrence Tournament and 58-50 in the regional finals.
“They’re the better team until we prove it different because they beat us twice last year,” Bedford North Lawrence coach Kurt Godlevske said. “The (Ali) Patberg girl and (Taylor) Goodall are wonderful players, and Pat McKee does a wonderful job with those kids. He has put together something that ideally fits his type of players and his type of system, so we’re going to have to play maybe our best game of the year, if we get the opportunity to play them, to win.”
Patberg plays travel basketball with Bedford North Lawrence sophomores Dominique McBryde, Jenna Allen and Alexa Bailey. Bailey’s father, BNL assistant and former Indiana University star Damon Bailey, coaches the travel team, along with Patberg’s father, Ron, who is a North assistant.
The Bull Dogs and Stars have played three common opponents, with similar results. Both teams beat Lawrence North by two points. North beat Columbus East by 22, and Bedford North Lawrence beat the Olympians by 20. The big difference came where Bull Dogs opened the season with a 27-point victory against Martinsville, a team the Stars beat by 11.
“I don’t know who I’d pick if they were to play again,” East coach Danny Brown said after last week’s 62-42 loss to Bedford North Lawrence. “That’s two very tough teams right there.”
But Brown isn’t conceding the sectional title to North. The Olympians (7-7) will host the sectional that includes the Bull Dogs, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, East Central and Shelbyville.
“Come sectional time, anything can happen,” Brown said. “It’s on our floor, and we’re going to get better and better. We’re still a work in progress, getting Ally (Bunch) back into the lineup. Hopefully, we can get Katie (Ritenour) a little bit more conditioned, and we have Megan Galle possibly coming back. We thought we had lost her for the year. She may be back come sectional time, we hope, and we’ll see if we can just pull it all together by then.”
East soccer player honored
East senior Emma Dwenger has been selected an Academic All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Dwenger, who was one of three girls from Indiana chosen, carries a 4.15 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. On the field, she led the Olympians to a Hoosier Hills Conference title and was named to the All-State squad.
All-Region X athletes picked
Three seniors from North and one from Class 4A regional champion East have been named to All-Region X by the Indiana Football Coaches Association.
North linebacker Shaquille Ash, defensive lineman Solomon Knight and wide receiver-defensive back-kick returner Taylor Summa and East offensive lineman Rob McKee made the squad. Also selected were Jennings County running back-defensive lineman Tommy Taylor, who made it as a tight end, and South Decatur punter Matthew Gatewood.
Region honorees are eligible to be selected for the North-South All-Star Game in July. East assistant Eddie Vogel will be an assistant coach for the South squad in that game.
Game time changed
The Edinburgh at Knightstown boys basketball game scheduled for Saturday has been moved to the afternoon.
The junior varsity contest now will begin at 2 p.m. The varsity will follow around 3:30 p.m.