Rebels Fall In OT To BNL Stars 66-52 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rosemarie Kelly   
Sunday, 24 February 2013 04:43

By Rosemarie Kelly

Roncalli's dream of making it to the Class 4A state title was dashed by a never-say die, undefeated Bedford North Lawrence who overcame an 11-point fourth- quarter deficit to win going away on their home floor in overtime 66-52. Bedford advances to the title game next week on the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

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Purdue-bound senior forward Bridget Perry hit a jumper with 45 seconds remaining in the third quarter to give Roncalli its largest lead of the game at 41-28. The bucket marked the largest deficit of the year for No. 2 Bedford North Lawrence. Yet two turnovers late in the third quarter started the unraveling of Roncalli's large lead and the storied BNL comeback.

The pesky Stars chipped away at Roncalli's lead throughout the fourth. Bedford North Lawrence point guard Alexa Bailey, daughter of BNL legend Damon Bailey, stole the ball from Perry, and Perry was called for her fourth foul as she tried to defend Bailey under the BNL basket. Perry had to go out of the game with 7:09 left in the game, and the momentum started to shift toward Bedford's way.

It took another big swing when Bedford shooter Brittani Rizzi, who leads the state in three-pointers, drilled a trey at the 4:50 mark to close the gap to 43-38. Rizzi had missed eight consecutive three-point shots up until that point in part because of Roncalli's tough defense.

Dramatic final 1:22 in fourth quarter

Little by little, Bedford chipped away and took a lead at 46-45 when Sammy Dillman hit a three-pointer with 1:20 left. Perry, who led all scorers with 22 points, drove the baseline for a basket to put Roncalli back in the lead at 47-46 with 1:04 remaining in regulation. BNL pushed the ball up the floor and passed around the ball until a wide-open Rizzi sunk another three-pointer to put BNL up by two, 49-47, with 26.8 seconds remaining.

Perry then missed a shot with 12 seconds to go and Roncalli prompted fouled Jenna Allen, who missed the front end of a one-and one with 10.5 seconds left. Perry got the rebound, drove up the floor and fed the ball to Elizabeth Bowers, who hit a layup with 4 seconds left to tie the game at 49 all. Bowers finished the game with nine points and freshman Lindsey Corsaro had six points.

Overtime belongs to the Stars

BNL finally found their offensive groove in overtime while Roncalli went cold. Perry hit a three-pointer with 2:05 to go in overtime to bring the Rebels to within four at 56-52. Junior Kellie Kirkhoff, who had 13 points for the Rebels, saw her three-point shot go in the net and then inexplicably rim out with 1:21 remaining. Had she made it, the Rebels would have closed the score to 58-55. Instead, the Stars took the rebound and Jenna Allen got an easy layup to bring the score to 60-52 with about a minute left. Bailey hit six straight free throws in the final minute to close out the scoring for Bedford North Lawrence

" It was a hard-fought game.  They hit some big shots and we got some tough breaks," said first-year Roncalli coach April Schilling. "That's just the way it goes sometimes. They were attacking and didn't give up when we had our lead."

"I have no regrets," Perry said. "We played so hard. We had a surge, but when they went on a run, we didn't have a response. We shouldn't hang our heads about this. We played our hearts out."

Schilling final words to team

After the game in the locker room, Schilling told her team that this game will carry lifelong lessons.

I told them that the ability to fight when your backs are against the wall will carry with you when you are mom, when you are professional, when you go on in your career. That skill will stick with you long after today. I am just so proud of this team and how they fought."







1955 - Forrest Albertson is named MVP for Sacred Heart for the the week by the Kiwanis Club.

1965 - Harold Quiesser scores TD as Chatarnd beats Pike 19-0 in football action.

1975 - Franklin Central gets past Rebels 15-12, 8-15, 15-10 in girls volleyball match.

1985 - Rebels finish second in a three-way boys cross country meet.

1995 - Roncalli downs Beech Grove 15-10, 15-10 in girls volleyball action.

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