Varsity teams win alumni hoop openers

The Tabor College women and men’s basketball teams had an easy time of it against alumni teams Saturday at Tabor Gymnasium.

The varsity women won 72-26, while the men rolled to a 105-48 victory.

In the women’s contest, the varsity got double-digit offensive performances from newcomers Casey Stucky, who scored 14, and Erica Hemmert, who added 13. Rachelle Wertenberger added eight and Amber McKillip and LaTasha Townsend scored seven each.

For the alumni, Keli Chisholm scored 12 and Carmen Nelson added six.

In the men’s game, Brad Gattis, a freshman from Hesston, made an impressive collegiate debut with 20 points and eight rebounds as the Tabor College varsity rolled to a 105-48 win.

Gattis, who started the game, was 7-of-10 from the field with one 3-pointer to pace the Jays, who had three players in double figures. Micah Ratzlaff added 16 points and Cody Schafer 11 in the exhibition matchup.

Ernest Nortey, a member of last year’s varsity squad, led the alumni with 11 points. Tyler Brown added seven.

The varsity led 43-16 at the intermission. Thirteen players saw action and 12 scored by the time the game was over.

The men officially open the season Friday with a game in Oklahoma City against Oklahoma Christian University. They will play a second game on Saturday against a foe to be named later.

The following Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23, the Bluejays will participate in the Sterling College Invitational. Both games will begin at 4 p.m.

The women, meanwhile, were to open the schedule with a game in Wichita against Newman University. On Saturday, they will play host Oklahoma Wesleyan University beginning at 6 p.m.

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