Tabor women and men open KCAC play with wins

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
Both the Tabor College women and men opened the 2005-2006 KCAC season with wins Thursday night in Hillsboro.



The Bluejay women led 26-19 at halftime before exploding for 43 second half points on the way to an easy 69-44 win over the Bethany Swedes.



Tabor was led offensively by Emily Vogts who had 13 points and Stacie Herman who added 10.



The Bluejays connected on just 35.5 percent of their first half shots but heated up to sink 53.6 percent (15 of 28) in the second stanza as their lead swelled to as many as 29 points down the stretch.



Tabor’s defense limited Bethany to a paltry 20.3 percent (13 of 64) for the game including a frigid 2 of 18 (11.1 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc.



Tabor also won the rebounding battle 51-40 led by a Herculean effort by Donya Anderson who hauled in 14 boards.



With the win, Tabor improves to 6-3 overall and 1-0 in KCAC play.



The Tabor men won their game 72-60 in a game that resembled a wrestling match for most of the evening as 46 personal fouls were whistled.



The Bluejays eeked out a 35-31 lead by halftime but extended that lead to as many as 16 points in the second 20 minutes.



Brad Gattis led the Bluejays with 18 points followed by Grant Brubacher with 15 and Andy Brubacher with 10.



Tabor let the Swedes stay relatively close due to poor free throw shooting where the Bluejays managed to sink just 12 of 24 for the contest.



The Bluejays did manage to sink 8 of 21 3-point attempts (38.1 percent) while limiting Bethany to 32.8 percent from the field including 1 of 12 (8.33 percent) from beyond the arc.



With the win, Tabor evens its record for the season at 4-4 while opening conference play at 1-0.



Both the women and men travel to Sterling Saturday to face the Warriors with the women’s game scheduled to tip off at 5:00 p.m.

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