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Foresters earn Crossroads League win

SHOT: Junior forward Sarah Fryman scored a game-high 28 points during Huntington University’s 67–55 victory over Spring Arbor on Saturday afternoon.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The RV Huntington University women’s basketball team picked up a 67–55 Crossroads League victory over Spring Arbor on Saturday afternoon in Platt Arena.

The win improved the Foresters’ season record to 10–7, including a 3–3 mark in Crossroads League action.

Despite being the underdogs on paper, Spring Arbor stormed out to a 12–3 lead to open the game, forcing a Huntington timeout to slow down the game. The decision proved to be a good one, as the Foresters rallied with a 12–5 run of their own to close out the first quarter, cutting the Cougar lead to 17–15.

The second quarter featured less offense, as the largest streak for either team was five points. The Foresters would outscore Spring Arbor 12–10 in the frame, sending the game to halftime tied at 27–27 following a buzzer-beating three-pointer from junior forward Sarah Fryman.

Huntington turned on the jets in the third quarter, stringing together a 10–2 run midway through the period. The Foresters would go on to score 23 points in the quarter to Spring Arbor’s 12, giving Huntington a 50–39 lead after three quarters. As was the case in the second quarter, Fryman again drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to finish the frame.

Though Spring Arbor generated more scoring in the fourth quarter, the Foresters still managed to outscore the Cougars 17–16 to preserve a comfortable 67–55 win.

“I was really pleased that we tied it by halftime,” said head coach Lori Culler. “That was really good and really, I think, kind of gave us the momentum to come out in the third quarter, which was what we needed.”

Fryman blew all players out of the water, sinking a game-high 28 points for Huntington. Fryman’s total was twice as many points as the game’s next-highest scorer.

Fryman also chipped in with three rebounds and handed out four assists to round out her afternoon.

Junior forward Erin Mohr and senior forward Brooke Saylor tied for second on the Foresters with 12 points apiece. Saylor hauled in a game-high seven rebounds and swiped a pair of steals, while Mohr grabbed three rebounds, recorded one steal and tallied Huntington’s lone block of the game.

Sophomore guard Sam Hammel buried five points while reeling in three rebounds to go along with game-highs of four steals and eight assists.

Sophomore guard Jade Clement led the Forester bench with six points, while freshman guard Sara Doi and senior forward Casey Morton each scored two points off the bench for Huntington.

“We’ve been trying to work on some specific things (offensively),” Culler said. “One is more of a transition game, and I think somebody told me we scored 23 points in transition today, which is huge, because if we can score some points easily, that helps us, I think, get over some of the mental blocks that we have sometimes.”

Gracie Cabana led Spring Arbor with 14 points and four assists, while Anne Marie Wright and Rachel Nelson completed the Cougar scoring podium with 11 and 10 points, respectively. The trio combined to bury eight of Spring Arbor’s nine three-pointers.

Nelson’s four rebounds paced Spring Arbor, while Gabby Barnett posted the Cougars’ lone block of the contest.

“(The win) is definitely a shot in the arm that we needed,” Culler said. “To see us do some things well that we’ve been working on and get the outcome that we wanted I think helps because like, ‘Oh, okay, that does work.’”

Huntington will return to action on Jan. 9, traveling to face Goshen in a Crossroads League matchup. Opening tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.