The Foresters (2-1) limited Ohio Dominican University (3-1) to 18 points in both halves and 25% shooting for the game to earn the Huntington University AmeriHost Tournament title by a score of 55-36.
Huntington, who jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the first minute and a half of play, never trailed in the game. The Foresters slowly built an eleven-point advantage at 20-9 with just under five minutes to go in the half, but the Panthers took advantage of several Huntington turnovers down the stretch to cut the deficit to 23-18 at the break.
The Foresters continued their stingy defense holding Ohio Dominican scoreless over the first four minutes of the second half while pushing their lead up to double digits at 29-18. A layup by Katalin Beck cut it back to nine, but it was as close as they would get as Huntington used a 14-5 run over the next seven minutes to build a comfortable lead at 43-25. The Foresters then cruised to the 19-point victory.
Huntington’s Amy Berry took game-high honors with 17 points and six rebounds in the game and was named the tournament MVP. Lauren Davenport, who chipped in 13 points and Kendra Stahl who added 11, joined Berry on the All-Tournament team. Krissy Haines was the lone Panther to reach double figures with 12.
The Foresters shot 46.8% (22-47) from the field, but hit only 8 of 15 free throws for 53%. Ohio Dominican went 12-49 from the field for 24.5 % and was 7-9 at the charity stripe for 77.8%. Huntington won the battle of the boards 37-30.
In the consolation game, it was Concordia University outlasting Trinity Christian College 67-62. Joining Berry, Davenport and Stahl on the All-Tournament team was Ohio Dominican’s Haines, Concordia’s Andrea Savage and Trinity Christian’s Emily Thomasson.