Georgetown denies Foresters' upset bid

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2005-12-30
The NAIA Division I 11th-ranked Georgetown College Tigers needed an extra period to finally deny the Foresters their bid for an upset. The Tigers out-scored HU 9-4 in overtime to get the 76-71 win.

The Foresters took the early lead and were up five at 21-16 with 7:40 to play in the half. Georgetown then scored the six straight points over the next minute of play to take its first lead of the game at 22-21. The Tigers went up three at 32-29 on a jumper by MaKaine Huffer with 1:23 on the clock, but a Jessica Ramey trey with 16 seconds left knotted the score at 32-32 heading into the break.

The Tigers held the advantage most of the second half with a lead as big as six on a few occasions, but HU wouldn't go away. With just over four minutes to play, Kim Ingle was fouled on a three-point attempt. She knocked down all three charity tosses to put Georgetown up 65-59. A minute later HU's Janna Knisely put back an Amy Berry miss to cut it to 65-61. On the Foresters' next possession, Berry got the score to trim the deficit to 65-63 with 2:30 to play. On Georgetown's possession, the Tigers came up empty when Katie Columbus missed the front end of the one-and-one. Betsey Bean grabbed the rebound and Knisely found Kendra Stahl for a baseline jumper to tie it at 65-65 with 1:25 to play. Columbus put Georgetown back up two with 57 ticks left, and after the two teams traded turnovers, Maddy Lewis fouled Ramey trying to steal the ball with :15 on the clock. Ramey sank both free throws to tie it at 67-67. On the Tigers' possession, Knisely forced a jump ball and the possession arrow gave the ball back to HU with five seconds left. Ramey's shot at the buzzer was blocked.

In the overtime period, Georgetown got on the board first and forced the Foresters to try to play catch-up. Berry hit the second of two free throws with 2:35 left to pull HU within two at 70-68, but the Foresters couldn't find the bottom of the net on their next three field goal attempts. Tiger Meghan Hillman finally put the game out of reach on an old-fashioned three-point play with 37 seconds to go. Another HU miss forced the Foresters to have to foul and the Tigers sealed the victory at the line.

For the game, HU's Ramey took game-high honors with 28 points. Knisely had a great all-around game with 15 points, nine boards five assists and five blocks. Berry added 15 points and six rebounds. Hillman finished with a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers. Ingle added 22 points and five steals and Ashley Bell had 11 off the bench. With the loss, the Foresters fall to 7-6 on the season.

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