WEB FLASH: Tabor splits games with Sterling Thursday

The Tabor men’s basketball team shot the lights out Thursday night, burying Sterling College in a blitzkieg of 3-pointers, 101-61 Thursday night in Hillsboro.

Sterling got the first basket of the game, but after that it was all Tabor as the Bluejays scored the next dozen points for a 12-2 lead. Micah Ratzlaff came off the bench after sitting out with an injured ankle the last game and a half and scored 17 first-half points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Tabor to a 50-27 advantage at intermission. Ratzlaff finished the game with a game-high 22, including six of eight 3-pointers.

Ratzlaff had a lot of scoring help. Eric Driggers was four-for-four behind the arc and finished with a season-high 16. Jimmy Janzen came off the bench to add 11.

As a team, Tabor shot a red hot 64 percent from the field and played great on the defensive end as well. With the win, the Jays move to 4-0 in the KCAC and 9-5 overall.

The women, meanwhile, battled nationally ranked Sterling for the first 10 minutes of the game, but the Warriors, behind the scoring of Kristina Barrow, pulled steadily away until their lead stood at 65-43 with 11:20 to play. Tabor then staged a slow but steady rally until the Jays had cut the lead to five, 73-68, with 3:03 to play. But Sterling held on to win, 82-72.

Barrow finished with 38 points for Sterling, which was ranked 15th in a recent NAIA Division II poll.

For Tabor, Angela Kroeker led the way with 15 points, Susan Carter added 13 and Janea Rademacher broke double digits with 11.

With the loss, Tabor drops to 7-7 overall and 1-3 in the KCAC.

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