Tabor sweeps Bethel to start second half of KCAC play

The Tabor College basketball teams started the second half of the KCAC season with a sweep of Bethel Monday in two games rescheduled from Saturday.

Tena LoewenWomen—Tabor rolled past Bethel Monday, 81-63.

The Bluejays shot lights out in the second half, making 17 of 28 attempts from the field (61 percent) to finish at 53 percent for the game (32-for-60). Bethel made 41 percent of its attempts (24-for-58).

Bethel hung with the Bluejays for the first quarter of play, taking the lead early, 10-7. Kaleigh Troxell drained a three-pointer to tie the game and ignite an 11-4 Tabor burst to the end of the quarter. By the time Troxell made her second trey, Tabor was in front, 18-12. The quarter ended with the Bluejays holding an 18-14 lead.

Morgan Ediger made a three-pointer to start second-quarter scoring and contributed six points to a 9-3 run that put Tabor in front by double figures, 27-17. By halftime, Ediger had tallied 16 of her game-high 18 points, helping the Bluejays to a 39-30 advantage at intermission.

Tabor buckled down and took control of the game with a 22-8 third-quarter effort. The Threshers made one field goal in the first 6:28, and Tabor took full advantage, inflating its lead to 56-35. By the end of the period, Tabor led, 61-38. Coach Shawn Reed cleared his bench en route to the 23-point victory.

Troxell joined Ediger in double-digit scoring with 12 points.

Lance CarterMen—Tabor earned a 75-61 victory on the road Monday.

Lance Carter set a new Tabor record in the game, becoming the Bluejays’ all-time leading scorer. His game-high 21 points put him at 1,597 points in his career, surpassing the previous mark set by Jesse Herrman at 1,593.

Bethel took its largest lead of the night, 13-11, when Chase Banister made his second three-pointer in a 1:06 span, but Tabor took the lead with a 7-0 run after that and never relinquished it.

By halftime, the Bluejays’ lead had grown to 36-23, led by the scoring effort of Tullio Parry, who compiled 13 points to lead all scorers at intermission.

Bethel came roaring back with an 18-7 rally after the break to close the gap to 43-41 with 13:29 to play.

Carter responded by scoring eight of Tabor’s next 10 points in a 2:07 span to extend the lead to 53-45. By the time Carter scored off a turnover and was fouled, Tabor’s lead was back in double figures, 66-55. Carter’s ensuing free-throw tied Herrman’s record. Parry recorded a steal after that, launching the ball ahead to Carter, who threw down a dunk to score his 18th and 19th points of the game and officially become Tabor’s all-time scoring leader. The basket put Tabor firmly in front, 69-55, with 3:05 to play, and Tabor went on to win by that same margin.

Carter scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half to lead all scorers. Parry and Julian Winton joined him in double figures with 18 points each.

Coming—Tabor will host Sterling Wednesday. The women will play at 6 p.m. The men will play at 8 p.m. The Bluejays will travel to York Saturday, where the women will play at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m.

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