By Justin Sokeland
BEDFORD – Bedford North Lawrence earned a share of the Hoosier Hills Conference championship on Friday night without firing a shot.
Jeffersonville, the league leader, suffered a 58-47 loss at rival New Albany. The Red Devils, who rallied from an 18-point deficit and conquered BNL 56-53 on Nov. 23, and Stars both finished the conference race with 6-1 records.
The Red Devils lost two key players (Kelsie James and Nan Garcia) to season-ending knee injuries earlier this season.
“It’s kind of twofold,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “I feel bad for Jeffersonville because I respect Mike (Warren, the Jeff head coach). He works hard, and it’s some tough luck to lose your two best players.
“On the other side, I’m happy for my kids. They continued to improve , played better as the HHC season went on, and got ourselves in a position to take advantage of the situation. I’m thrilled for my kids.”
BNL and Jeffersonville also shared the HHC title last year. The Stars have now won 20 HHC crowns in school history.