Kroeker, Speers lead Jays to 71-66 win over Mac

The Tabor College women’s basketball team continues to exceed expectations. Saturday night the Bluejays handed the 6-2 McPherson Bulldogs their third loss of the year, 71-66, to go 5-5 on the season.

“We made a few mistakes offensively, and we had a tendency to pout or hang our heads,” Allen said. “I told them it was more about desire and determination than it was about any kind of adjustments technically, and that made a big difference.”

Tabor fell behind early in the contest and trailed 41-31 at halftime.

Had it not been for Angela Kroeker’s output, the Bluejays would have been in a tough position. The Hillsboro sophomore scored the first 21 points for Tabor before Katherine Troutt’s field goal broke the string with 5:12 left in the first half.

“The first half we were just really complacent,” head coach Rusty Allen said. “We weren’t getting loose balls, and we weren’t willing to get bruised. So we had a little talk at halftime.”

The talk proved to be motivational for Tabor.

In the second half, Rachelle Speers exploded for 21 of her 23 points, while she and her teammates held the Bulldogs to just 25 second-half points.

Kroeker finished the night with 29 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Speers had another well-rounded game with 23 points, three rebounds, three assists and four steals.

“I was real pleased with our players in the second half,” Allen said. “Sometimes you have to react based on a situation in a basketball game and we did that tonight.”

Southwestern-Tabor fell to Southwestern College 65-52 Thursday night in Winfield.

The Bluejays trailed by only one point at halftime, even though they shot 29.4 percent from the field and 16.7 from the 3-point line during the first 20 minutes.

In the second half, the Moundbuilders controlled the boards, 56-36. Southwestern’s Andrea Mohr and Casey Dreitz pulled down 13 and 12 rebounds for the game, respectively.

Tabor’s Angela Kroeker had 16 points and six boards for the game to pace the Bluejays.

Coming-With the split, Tabor is 5-5 on the season and will face Friends University in Wichita on Thursday and Bethany College in Lindsborg on Saturday. The Friends game is set to start at 7 p.m. while the game with the Swedes will begin at 5 p.m.

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