Carleton admitted it was a defensive miscue that allowed Winkler to get a wide-open look from the left wing.
“That did take the wind out of our sails, a little bit,’’ he said. “When shots fall, you look good.’’
According to Stephens, it was the type of player that Winkler, who finished with five points, four assists and four rebounds, has been providing all season.
“She has been our leader this year,’’ he said. “This was a strange game early and we didn’t look very good. But, her composure and leadership were big for us, and defensively, she did a really nice job.
“But the 3 at the end of the half was a huge emotional lift.’’
Bismarck-Henning junior Brooke Walsh scored 10 of her game-high 14 points in the second half and she also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Walsh was also 6-of-10 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Lindsey Andrews finished with nine points for the Blue Devils.
Logan Sanford was the leading scorer for Salt Fork with 11 points and she also had eight rebounds.
Up next, Bismarck-Henning will play Armstrong-Potomac, the winners of Pool A, in the Vermilion County Tournament championship game at 8 p.m. on Friday, while Salt Fork faces Georgetown-Ridge Farm in the third-place game at 6:30 p.m.