Bluejays split with Moundbuilders

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor women faced 9th ranked Southwestern (22-3) and came home with a huge victory Saturday night in Winfield.



Tabor fell behind 35-27 at the half, but scored the first 13 points of the second half to grab a five point lead.



But Southwestern battled back and eventually the game headed into overtime tied at 55.



Southwestern hit their first two shots in the extra period, both 3-pointers, to grab a four point lead.



But once again Tabor battled back to tie the game at 64.



The Moundbuilders took a two point lead at 66-64 with just 2.5 second remaining, setting up the dramatic conclusion.



Angela Kroeker hit Rachelle Wertenberger at half court, Wertenberger dribbled twice and launched a 35-footer which banked in off the glass at the buzzer to give Tabor a 67-66 win.



Jill Hein led Tabor with 25 points, 21 which came in the second half. Wertenberger add 14 and Kroeker had 12 for Tabor who improved to 16-10 overall and 10-6 in KCAC play.



The Tabor men weren’t as fortunate.



Tabor led 24-19 at the half, but Southwestern took a nine point lead early in the second half.



That’s when Tyson Ratzlaff took over and scored the next nine for Tabor to tie the game at 38.



It was a dog fight from then on, but Southwestern eventually took a one point 52-51 lead with 54 seconds remaining.



Tabor maintained possession for virtually the rest of the game, missing two free throws and four shots down the stretch, two which missed in the final five seconds , but none fell and Southwestern held on for the 52-51 win.



Ratzlaff was the lone Bluejay to score in double figures as the senior pumped in 23 points.



With the loss the Bluejays fall to 12-4 in conference play and 12-14 overall.

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