Jeffersonville coach Mike Warren has identified, in his mind, the future Class 4-A state champion. It’s the same one as last season.
The Red Devils were no match for Bedford North Lawrence in the championship game of Sectional 15 on Saturday night at Jennings County. The Stars, clicking to near perfection, crushed Jeffersonville 70-34 to win its third straight sectional title and take the necessary first step in its title defense.
Dominique McBryde, a Purdue recruit, scored 16 points while Butler-bound Alexa Bailey added 13 as the No. 2 Stars (23-1) advanced to the regional at Columbus to meet Castle (12-8) in the first round.
The Devils had no answers for McBryde, who darted around defenders to the basket and hit her first five shots. They had no response to BNL’s overwhelming burst to a 37-15 lead at the half, followed by an 11-0 run before the Devils finally scored in the third.
“They’re just good,” Warren said, stating the obvious. “That’s a state champion. They’re going to win the state, there’s no doubt in my mind. … We hate to lose, but there’s no sense in walking out of that locker room with their heads down.”
McBryde scored 10 straight first-quarter points to get the Stars off and running. Bailey had a 3-point play and a coast-to-coast race for a layup as the margin exploded to 33-12. And Jeffersonville, like so many BNL victims, was swept away.
“You have to execute a perfect defensive game plan,” Warren said. “To sustain that, against that type of talent, for 32 minutes, it’s just too much for us.”
Aurreeshae Hines scored 12 points, hitting four 3-pointers, and Taylor Sykes had 11 for the Devils (17-6).
McBryde was also a defensive force with seven rebounds and six blocked shots. Jenna Allen, an Indiana recruit in the post, scored seven, including her 1,000th career point midway through the third quarter. BNL guards Brittani Rizzi and Sammy Dillman were a combined 6 of 7 from the perimeter.
“We made shots,” BNL coach Damon Bailey said. “When we make shots, we’re hard to beat.”
The Stars hit 25 of 39 shots and had only three turnovers through three quarters.
“We played three high-level games in the sectional,” Bailey said. “That is what we need to do this time of year.”