Tabor takes two from Southwestern

The Tabor College basketball teams put two more games in the win column by sweeping Southwestern Tuesday in their final KCAC games before the holiday break.

Nicole DeckerWomen—Tabor rolled to an 87-65 victory Tuesday.

The Bluejays took the lead following a back-and-forth first quarter in which Tabor jumped out in front, 6-2, only to have Southwestern take the lead, 10-6. Tristen Leiszler and Amber Bonham made two-pointers after that to even the score. A 5-2 run gave Tabor the lead by the end of the period, 15-12.

In the first three and a half minutes of the second quarter, Tabor outscored Southwestern 12-3. Taylor Deniston ignited the run with a two-pointer and capped it with a three-point basket at the 6:27 mark to give Tabor a 27-15 lead. With Tabor in front, 33-21, after Nicole Decker made a three-pointer, Southwestern scored 11 points to Tabor’s two to draw within 35-32 with 1:19 left in the half. Leiszler made the half’s final two baskets, giving Tabor a 39-32 lead at intermission.

Tristen LeiszlerThe Bluejays built their advantage in the third quarter, 62-42 after Morgan Ediger scored at the 1:29 mark. Those were Tabor’s last points of the period, though, as the Moundbuilders scored their next seven points at the charity stripe for a 62-49 margin heading into the final period.

Tabor got those points back with a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter, fueled by a pair of baskets by Kyli Webber. Southwestern did not get within 16, and the Bluejays enjoyed their largest margin at the end.

Tabor shot 49 percent from the field in the game (33-for-67), compared to 40 percent for Southwestern (20-for-50).

Five Bluejays scored in double figures, led by Decker with 14, Ediger 13, Deniston 12, Leiszler 11 and Jurnee Reid 10.

Lance CarterMen—After trailing, 43-36 at halftime to a sharp-shooting Moundbuilder team, Tabor found a way to get it done, earning a 74-72 victory in a game that came down to the wire.

Southwestern made 50 percent of its attempts from the field in the first half (17-for-34), including 47 percent from three (7-for-15), which contributed to its seven-point lead at intermission. Cameron Hunt scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in the first half to lead all scorers.

Meanwhile, Julian Winton scored seven of Tabor’s first 11 points, but a 10-0 stretch for Southwestern gave the Moundbuilders a 15-11 lead. Tabor trailed the duration of the first half. Lance Carter scored 10 points in the final 9:17 to lead the Bluejay scoring effort at the break.

Davaghndre JonesSouthwestern made three three-pointers in the first four minutes of the second half, which helped the Moundbuilders attain their largest lead of the night, 54-40. Davaghndre Jones scored six of Tabor’s next eight points to bring Southwestern’s lead back to single figures, 56-48, but a Moundbuilder basket bumped it back to 10, 58-48.

After that, the visitors went cold, making one of their next seven attempts. Tullio Parry recorded two steals in that stretch as Tabor turned a 10-point deficit into a tie ball game, 60-60, with 6:17 to play.

Southwestern’s scoring drought lasted four minutes.

Tabor took its first lead since 11-10 when Winton made two free-throws for a 64-62 Bluejay advantage, and the lead changed hands a few times.

The Bluejays led, 72-68 with 32 seconds to play, then Southwestern scored and stole Tabor’s inbounds pass but missed a layup that would have tied the game.

Carter grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He made both charity shots to extend Tabor’s lead to 74-70 with 10 seconds left. Southwestern scored with less than a second to play, bringing it to the final, two-point spread.

For the game, Tabor shot 43 percent (27-for-63), compared to 42 percent for Southwestern (27-for-64). Carter and Winton shared top scoring honors for Tabor with 17 points each. Carter also had 10 rebounds. Jones scored 14 points and Parry 12.

Coming—The Tabor women will play an exhibition game at Fort Hays State Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Both Bluejay teams will resume play in the holiday classic Dec. 30-31.

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