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By RANTOUL PRESS
BISMARCK — It’s always good to beat a rival, especially one that has had regular success against you.
The Armstrong-Potomac girls cagers did just that Thursday when they knocked off host Bismarck-Henning 26-22 in a defensive tussle.
The win marked the third straight victory for A-P against Bismarck-Henning, traditionally one of the better girls cage programs in the area.
“It was close the whole way,” A-P coach Nick Hipsher said. “We finally took the lead in the third quarter. It went back and forth pretty much the whole game.”
Bismarck-Henning went up by about five points in the early going before Armstrong-Potomac began to make its comeback.
The hosts held a one-point lead at halftime.
Freshman Makenzie Vinson turned in a solid performance for the Trojans.
“She hasn’t really scored a lot for us this year,” Hipsher said. “She had a three in the second half and got a layup really late in the game. She got a couple of really big buckets for us.”
Morgan Zindars did a little of everything for A-P, scoring eight points, hauling down five boards and dishing out a couple of assists.
Zindars is Armstrong-Potomac’s primary ballhandler.
“We rely on her to get our offense going and break their press,” Hipsher said.
Bismarck-Henning began to use the press in the fourth quarter to try to get back in the game.
Defensively, I thought we did a pretty good job,” Hipsher said. “Any time you can hold a team that low, you’re doing something right defensively.”
Armstrong-Potomac (17-9 overall, 9-4 in the Vermilion Valley Conference) will open regional play Tuesday night at Armstrong. (Game results unavailable at press time.)
The top-seeded Trojans take on the winner of Monday night’s Milford-Salt Fork game.