Playing in the Martin Group Judson Tournament, the Foresters (3-3) rebounded after a discouraging loss on Friday to beat the host Judson College Eagles 71-63 in the consolation game. Judson used its quickness to force HU into 16 first half turnovers, but some hot shooting, 12-24 from the field and 8-9 from the line, kept the Foresters within one at 35-34 at intermission.
The second half was a seesaw affair with five ties and six lead changes through the first ten minutes. A jumper by HU’s Amy Berry broke a 52-52 tie and sparked an 8-0 run to give the Foresters some breathing room. The Eagles got back within four at 62-58 with 4:25 to play, but a layup by Berry and a trey by Betsey Bean, her fourth of the game, pushed HU’s advantage to nine at 67-58 at the 2:50 mark. The Foresters then hit four of six charity tosses down the stretch to seal the win.
Berry, the lone Forester to make the All-Tournament team, paced Huntington with 21 points and added six rebounds. Bean hit five of eight field goals, including 4-4 from behind the arc for 16 points and Jessica Ramey finished with 14 points and six assists. Janna Knisely grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with her six points and three assists. Judson’s Kim Watson took game-high honors with 24 points and she added a team-high nine boards in the contest.
In Friday evening’s game, Huntington took on a feisty Eastern Oregon University squad and fell 64-44. The Foresters were still within striking distance down 32-26 at the half, but managed just 18 points in the second period on 25% shooting. The Mountaineers’ Heidi Horobiowski scored seven of her game-high 22 points in a 9-0 EOU run to give the Mountaineers a commanding 45-30 lead early in the second half. HU trimmed the deficit to 10 at 47-37 on two free throws from Janna Knisely, but the Mountaineers answered with a 15-2 spurt over the next seven minutes to give them their largest lead of the game at 62-39 with 4:36 to play. The Foresters could get no closer than the final margin.
Amy Berry was the lone Forester to reach double digits in the game with 12 and she added nine rebounds. Christie Weaver and Liz Brice joined Horobiowski in doubles figures for EOU with 13 and 10 points respectively. The Mountaineers met Missouri Baptist University in Saturday’s championship game and knocked off the NAIA Division I Spartans 64-51.