Bluejay women split two conference games

The Tabor women’s basketball team added a win and a loss to their record this past week.

They defeated the Friends Falcons Thursday night, 52-41, but fell to a talented Bethany College team, 78-53, Saturday.

The Bluejays were beaten by the Bethany Swedes in almost every facet of the game. In the first half, the Bluejays shot better from the field than the Swedes, but still trailed by 13 points.

The Swedes held the Bluejays to 36.7 percent from the field in the second half and 16.7 percent from behind the 3-point line.

The Bluejays were out-rebounded by 11, and were forced into 25 turnovers.

“Bethany is the best team we’ve played hands down,” head coach Rusty Allen said. “We didn’t back down from them but we panicked. You’ve got to tip your hat to them.”

Tabor’s Carmen Hein, Rachelle Speers and Becky Jons each had 11 points in a losing effort.

“We can take a lot from the Bethany game,” Allen said. “We have to practice harder to simulate how it is in the game.”

Friends-Tabor got another solid offensive performance from Rachelle Speers and Angela Kroeker Thursday night against Friends, but it was the defense that made the difference in a 52-41 win.

“I thought on the offensive end of the court we probably executed better than we have all year,” Allen said.

The Bluejays held Falcon’s sharp-shooter Amanda Barkely scoreless in the game.

Speers guarded Barkely most of the night, and Allen was pleased with her defensive effort.

“Rachelle did a really nice job on her,” Allen said.

Speers led the Jays with 12 points and Kroeker added 11.

Coming-Tabor is 5-5 for the season and 2-2 in the KCAC. The women will return to action after the Christmas break with two games at the Tabor Classic. They will play St. Mary of Omaha, Neb., at 4 p.m., Jan. 4, and then will take on Peru State at 6 p.m., Jan. 5.

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