ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIC CLARK
A shot with five seconds remaining in regulation sank the Tabor Bluejays, 51-49, in a matchup with the Friends Falcons Monday night in Hillsboro.
The Bluejays missed their final desperation shot and walked away with their ninth KCAC loss and the end of a two-game win streak.
Coach Rusty Allen was philosophical about the loss.
“Humility and meekness come your way in athletics whether you want them to or not,” he said. “You’re faced with how you’re going to deal with that even if you don’t want to. It’s disappointing, but we can’t allow ourselves to be discouraged. There is still plenty of positve things to focus on.”
The Jays took a 26-25 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Throughout the game, Friends forced Tabor into uncomfortable situations on offense, Allen said.
“I thought they guarded us really well,” Allen said. “They were really focused on what they needed to do to guard the people who potentially could give them the most trouble. That really hurt us. But we never gave up and found ways to get back into the game.”
Becky Jons had another stellar performance for Tabor with her second double-double of the year. She finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
“She really stepped up and put some shots in the basket,” Allen said. “If she hadn’t, we would have been out of it.”
Rachelle Speers added 13 points, five rebounds, four steals and one assist.
Kansas Wesleyan-The Tabor women used a strong second-half performance to capture their 11th win of the year, 72-53, over Kansas Wesleyan Saturday night at home.
The Bluejays outplayed the Coyotes in every statistical category, grabbing 38 rebounds, 14 steals, dishing out 19 assists and taking care of the ball with only 11 turnovers.
Rachelle Speers got back on track against the Coyotes with a game-high 23 points. Angela Kroeker added 19 points.
Ottawa-Playing in a harsh environment on the road, the Tabor women defeated Ottawa, 66-54 Thursday night.
The Jays jumped out to a 30-25 advantage after the first half and coasted to a 12-point win.
Angela Kroeker scored 22 points and added three rebounds and seven steals to pace the Bluejays.
Coming-Through Monday night, the Bluejays are 7-9 in the KCAC and 11-15 overall. Tabor travels to North Newton Thursday night to play Bethel, then ends its regular-season schedule Saturday night at home against Saint Mary College.