Bluejays sweep Spires

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor Bluejay women defeated the University of Saint Mary Spires Thursday night in Leavenworth by a score of 61-40.



Tabor led 27-16 at halftime as the Bluejay defense limited the Spires to just 20% field goal accuracy in the first half.



Tabor continued to stretch their lead in the second half as the Bluejays hit 50% of their second half shots while the defense continued to smother Saint Mary, holding them to just 23.1% field goal accuracy for the game.



Erica Hemmert and Rachelle Wertenberger both scored 12 points to lead the Bluejays who improved to 17-10 overall and 11-6 in the KCAC.



The Tabor men got a much needed victory setting up a Saturday showdown with Friends University with an 81-71 win over the Spires.



Tabor connected on 52% of their first half shots while holding the Spires to just 34% in the half to grab a 39-26 halftime lead.



The Spires closed the gap to just five points in the second stanza as the Bluejays scored just three points in the first five minutes of the second half.



But the Bluejays converted 30 of 37 free throws in the game to hold off the Spires down the stretch and gain the 10 point win.



Brad Gattis led Tabor with 17 points. Tyson Ratzlaff, Scott Shaffer, and Jeremiah Randall all scored 10 points.



With the win, the Bluejays are just one victory from the outright KCAC title as they moved their overall record to 13-14, but pushed their conference mark to 13-4.



Tabor hosts Friends University Saturday night in Hillsboro. If the Bluejays win, the KCAC title is theirs.

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