BISMARCK — The Bismarck-Henning Blue Devils celebrated senior night in style for Maddie Winkler, Addie Voyles, and Shelbi Haga who all played important roles in their win over Salt Fork 36-17.
With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 20-8 overall and 9-2 in Vermilion Valley Conference, which is a great improvement from the nine win season of last year.
Winkler said, “It is a real nice feeling to get win number 20 on senior night.”
he Blue Devils started the game with some aggressive and stellar defense holding the Storm without a field goal until the 5:08 mark of the second quarter. Leading the way was Winkler, with nine steals, two points and two assists. She paced the defense and kept the offense rolling smoothly throughout the game.
Salt Fork couldn’t seem to make plays against Bismarck-Henning as the Storm had the same number of turnovers and shots in the first half 15, and the Storm trailed 21-7.
Bismarck-Henning Coach Mike Stevens said, “I liked the way we played defense tonight against a good strong offensive team in Salt Fork.”
The Blue Devils offensively made good choices and played well to continue pushing the lead further out of range for the Storm while riding the play of Lindsey Andrews (10 points and seven rebounds) and Brooke Walsh, who had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebound to go along with four assists.
“I was aggressive tonight and attacked the basket as coach said, but the key tonight was our defense,’’ said Andrews.
The Blue Devils held the Storm to only six field goals all game and it was a team defensive effort that Stevens praised all night.
“I thought we did a good job of sending these seniors out the right way at home with victory number 20 on the season and they have meant a lot to this program since they have been here,’’ Stevens said.
The Storm couldn’t find the basket shooting 18 percent (6-of-33) in the contest.
The Blue Devils closed out the game with 5-of-6 shooting and unselfish play in the final frame to keep the Storm at bay and seal the victory 36-17.
Bismarck-Henning plays at Armstrong-Potomac on Thursday, two weeks after they met for the Vermilion County Tournament Championship, which was won by Bismarck-Henning.
Salt Fork didn’t have anyone reach double figures as sophomore Jenny Kimbro led the Storm with five points. Salt Fork is scheduled to play at Westville on Thursday.