- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
- Dana House
Lancaster – The Ohio University Lancaster women’s basketball team
is celebrating its first state championship in nine years. The OUL Lady Cougars won two games over the weekend at the state tournament in Chillicothe to claim the title. The last time the team won the title was 2005.
“The team played really well this weekend with everyone contributing to each of the wins,” said OUL Athletic Director and Lady Cougar’s Head Coach Jeff Whitehead. “Kristy Swinehart
was definitely the MVP of the tournament. She was controlling the tempo, handling the ball, and scoring baskets when we needed it.”
The women beat Miami Middletown on Saturday in the state semi-finals by a score of 78-66. Swinehart was the leading scorer with 24 points, followed by Paige Stought and Morgan Kirkbride with 16 points each.
On Sunday, the OUL women played in the state championship game and beat Miami Hamilton 80-61. The leading scorer was freshman Sarah Miles with 24 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Kristy Swinehart with 18 points and Paige Stought with 13 points.
“At halftime, the score was OUL 35 - Miami Hamilton 31. Swinehart was the floor leader once again, controlling the tempo of the game and setting up the offense,” said Whitehead. “Both teams we played this weekend played well. They definitely made us earn the wins.”
The team finished the season with a 25-6 record. Kirkbride was named to the All-Tournament Team and Swinehart was named Tournament MVP.
Whitehead said many OUL fans came to the games in Chillicothe and that meant a lot to the team.
“The number of people we had at the game supporting us was a big plus for us this weekend. It was great!”