By Daniel Allar
Central High School girls’ basketball coach Brittany Maners knows firsthand how good Castle is.
She is also pretty familiar with Bedford North Lawrence’s stacked roster, having been an assistant on last year’s Class 4A state championship squad.
The Knights (12-8) play BNL (23-1) at 11 a.m. CST Saturday at the Columbus North Regional, and Maners offered this insight following Castle’s 61-60 win over Central in the sectional final.
“I would expect Castle to go in and fight as hard as they did tonight, but Bedford has a lot of weapons and when you play them it’s really about picking your poison,” Maners said Saturday. “I wish them the best of luck but they’re gonna have their hands full up there.”
Maners’ endorsement of the Stars shouldn’t be considered a slight to Castle; it’s an acknowledgement of BNL’s star-studded lineup.
The Stars, who destroyed Jeffersonville 70-36 in their sectional championship, have three juniors committed to Division I programs: 5-foot-7 guard Alexa Bailey (Butler, 7.3 ppg), 6-2 forward Dominique McBryde (Purdue, 15.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg) and 6-3 center Jenna Allen (Indiana, 15.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg).
Senior Brittany Rizzi, a 5-foot-7 sharpshooter, was once committed to the University of Evansville but later decommitted. Of her 74 made field goals this season, 69 are from 3-point range, according to Maxpreps.com.