WEB FLASH: Tabor men beat Builders; women fall (Feb. 13)

TABOR MEN: The Tabor men’s basketball team used great shooting and a strong defensive effort to pull out a 79-65 road win over Southwestern College Monday night.

The win, coupled with a Saint Mary loss over the weekend, catapulted Tabor into a tie for the conference lead heading into the last week of the season.

Tabor was led once again by junior swingman Micah Ratzlaff, who scored a team-high 17 points. He also grabbed six rebounds to lead the Jays.

The Bluejays started the game sizzling hot, shooting 72 percent from the floor in the first half. They also made 12 of 16 free throws en route to an eight-point halftime lead, 43-35.

Tabor assured itself high-percentage shots and trips to the free-throw line by pounding the ball inside.

Post player Ernest Nortey scored nine points and went 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. He also scored a breakaway dunk late in the first half to give the Bluejays momentum.

The outcome was still in doubt in the second half until a Tabor run put the game away. During a three-minute span halfway through the second half, senior Chris Popp and sophomore Scott Brubacher combined for a 9-0 Tabor spurt. That stretched the lead from nine to 18, and the Moundbuilders were never within single digits again.

Tabor will try to wrap up the KCAC regular-season championship this week when they host rival Bethel on Thursday and then travel to Saint Mary College in Leavenworth on Saturday.

TABOR WOMEN: It’s difficult to win a basketball game if a team can’t find a way to score consistently. The Tabor women’s team ran into that problem Monday night in Winfield.

The Bluejays only scored 14 first-half points in a 78-56 loss to Southwestern College. The loss dropped the Jays to 11-14 overall and 6-10 in conference play.

The Moundbuilders outscored Tabor 36-14 in the first half, taking advantage of 22 percent shooting by the Jays. Southwestern also made 14 free throws in the first half.

“The 14 [points] in the first half killed us,” said head coach Chanda Rigby.

The second half went markedly better for the Jays. They equaled Southwestern in points, scoring 42, and shot 52 percent from the floor. They were also 5-11 from behind the 3-point line.

“We got more aggressive looks at the bucket and we got to the free-throw line early,” Rigby said. “We had a much better effort in the second half.”

Southwestern held off the Bluejays with impressive free-throw shooting. They shot 83 percent from the charity stripe for the game, and missed only one free throw in the second half.

Sophomore guards Holly Ross and Carmen Hein led the offensive charge for the Bluejays in the second half. Ross had 14 points and Hein had 12 points to go along with a team-high three steals.

Freshman post player Meaghan Coe added eight points and eight rebounds for Tabor.

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