Bluejays beat Newman, 59-56

by Eric Clark

In their first game of the season, the Tabor College women’s basketball team suffered a 45-point drubbing against Newman University.

What a difference a month can make.

Less than a month later, the Bluejays hosted the Jets in Hillsboro and defeated them, 59-56, last Tuesday night to move their season record to X-X.

The game was played at the Hillsboro High School’s Brown Gymnasium after scheduling conflicts forced Tabor out of their own gym.

For the second straight game, Tabor got a huge performance out of Rachel Speers, who dropped in a season-high 24 points.

According to coach Rusty Allen, Speers not only lit it up offensively, she also shut down the player she guarded.

Angela Kroeker struggled from the field but was able to score 11 points, the majority coming from the charity stripe.

Carmen Hein dealt out four assists and finished the game with nine points.

Tabor took a two-point lead at halftime, 29-27. The Bluejays and Jets battled throughout the second half, but Tabor was three points better than Newman at the final buzzer.

Tabor shot 37.5 percent from the field and from behind the 3-point line, but forced 28 turnovers.

The Bluejays travelled to Oklahoma Wesleyan University Monday night and Central Christian College in McPherson on Tuesday.

Tabor opens KCAC play Thursday night against Southwestern College in Winfield.

The varsity women are scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m.

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