DANVILLE — Sometimes trying to live up to the expectations of others is very difficult.
A year ago, the Bismarck-Henning girls basketball team felt that pressure and the Blue Devils wound up taking third in the Vermilion County Tournament, snapping the school's five-year run of championships.
This season, those expectations were placed on the heads of the Armstrong-Potomac Trojans, who not only claimed last year's title but they also snapped Bismarck-Henning 16-game winning streak in the County Tournament.
On Friday, Bismarck-Henning reclaimed its spot on the top of the Vermilion County Tournament with a 41-36 victory over Armstrong-Potomac at the David S. Palmer Arena.
"To be honest, this means the world to us,'' said Bismarck-Henning senior Addie Voyles, who had nine points, four rebounds and three assists. "Everyone doubted us after last year. We didn't have a very good record and we finished third in this tournament.
"This year, we wanted to prove everyone wrong about us. I can't thank our fans, this team and our coaches enough. It's a really good feeling, winning the County Tournament title again.''
Bismarck-Henning junior Brooke Walsh, who scored a team-high 13 points, admitted not being in the championship game last year "broke our hearts.''
"Our main focus this week was getting the County title back to Bismarck,'' she said, sporting a black eye from Wednesday's win over Salt Fork. "The biggest thing tonight was that we not only played with our hearts, but also with our heads.''
It was that combination of effort and intelligent play that allowed the Blue Devils (16-8) to build a 25-21 lead at halftime. Walsh, who had 10 of her team-high 13 in the second quarter, was 5-for-5 from the field in the second quarter and her teammates were 3-for-4 as the Blue Devils shot a remarkable 88.9 percent in that second quarter.