ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIC CLARK
In the last two games of the regular season, Rachelle Speers supplied the icing on the Tabor Bluejays’ cake.
Tabor closed out their schedule with two wins-a 73-48 win over Saint Mary College Saturday night at home and a 80-50 road win over Bethel College Thursday night.
Speers broke out of a recent shooting slump with 30 points against Bethel and 18 points against Saint Mary.
“When you can score a lot of points, it really helps your confidence,” coach Rusty Allen said.
He also praised his team’s defense.
“I thought our pressure on their guards tonight probably made the biggest difference in the game,” Allen said. “They couldn’t even get it up the court. They had a really hard time getting good looks at the basket.”
The Bluejays got off to a good start against the Spires, taking a 39-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, the Jays picked up their defensive intensity, forcing the Spires into 31 turnovers.
Midway through the half, Tabor led by 27 points, the largest margin of the game, after a 14-0 run.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Bluejays had notched their ninth KCAC win of the year.
“I’m real excited,” Allen said. “I feel like we’ve really done something we can build on.”
Speers’ 18 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists were complemented by Angela Kroeker’s 13 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Amber McKillip finished with 10 points, six boards and two steals.
Bethel-Rachelle Speers broke out of a scoring slump with a career-high 30 points in an 80-50 win against Bethel Thursday night in North Newton.
Speers was 8-for-11 from the field, 13-for-15 from the free-throw line and hit the only 3-point shot she took.
The Jays took a 37-28 lead into the locker room before turning up the heat against the Threshers in the final half.
Tabor’s Angela Kroeker turned in another solid game with 16 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Becky Jons chipped in her second straight double-double performance with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bluejay defense forced 21 Bethel turnovers and no Threshers scored in double figures.