Bluejays split pair with Swedes

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The sixth-rated Tabor College women’s team picked up its 14th straight win Saturday night with a dramatic 60-55 win over the Bethany Swedes in Lindsborg.



Bethany led early 10-4 but Tabor knotted the game moments later and the contest would be tied six times before the first half ended in a 28-all tie.



Tabor manged a 44-41 lead with 8:28 to play but Bethany scored the games next eight points to grab a 49-44 lead with just 4:23 remaining.



From there it was an uphill battle for the Bluejays who finally went ahead of the Swedes 56-55 with just 25 second remaining.



Erica Hemmert sealed the win for the Bluejays hitting four of four free throws down the stretch as Tabor hung on for the exciting five point win.



Jill Hein and Nicole Ellis led the Bluejays with 12 points apiece while Hemmert finished the night with 11 points as Tabor connected on 22 of 59 field goal tries (37 percent) but managed to convert 12 of 17 charity tosses (71 percent) in the win.



Bethany was led by Katelyn Hinkin with 15 points as the Swedes hit just 32 percent for the game (17 of 53) in the loss.



The Bluejays also overcame the loss of both Hein and Donya Anderson in the contest as both players fouled out.



With the win, Tabor improves to 10-0 in the KCAC and 17-3 overall while Bethany falls to 7-3 and 9-10.



The Tabor men dug themselves a deep cavern against the physical Swedes, falling behind by as many as 16 points, 47-31 with just over 16 minutes to play but rallied to tie the game at 62 with 1:47 to play.



But Bethany hit several clutch free throws down the stretch to eek out the 69-68 win.



Grant Brubacher was Tabor’s offense for the most part, as the senior poured in 24 points while Chris Metcalf added 10 points as Tabor hit 43 percent from the field (23 of 53) but stayed in the ball game hitting 16 of 18 free throws (86 percent).



Bethany was led by Daniel Sherman’s 17 points as the Sweded hit 23 of 49 for the game (47 percent) and 16 of 25 (64 percent) from the charity stripe.



With the loss, Tabor falls to 10-9 overall and 7-3 in the KCAC while the Swedes improve their record to 6-4 and 12-8.



Tabor returns home on Thursday to host the Sterling Warriors with games set for 6:00 and 8:00 at Tabor Gymnasium.

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