Tabor teams improve to 12-1 with sweep of Sterling

The Tabor College basketball teams swept Sterling Wednesday to each improve to 12-1 in KCAC play.

Morgan Ediger
Morgan Ediger
Women—Tabor overcame a poor start to defeat Sterling, 72-65, Wednesday.

When the Bluejays made just one of their first six attempts, Sterling took an 11-3 lead, then built it to 18-5. The first quarter ended with Tabor trailing, 18-7. The Bluejays made four of 11 attempts from the field and turned the ball over seven times.

Play improved in the second quarter, as the Bluejays only turned it over twice and more evenly matched Sterling’s scoring. Sydney Webb drained a three-pointer with 5 seconds left in the half, for a 34-22 Warrior lead at halftime.

To open the third quarter, Kaleigh Troxell ignited an 11-2 Bluejay run with a three-pointer. Ediger followed with a trey, then Jurnee Reid scored in the paint. Taylor Deniston capped the run with a three to bring the Bluejays within three, 36-33. Tabor drew within 41-40 after Ediger made a basket beyond the arc at the 2:03 mark. By the end of the quarter, Tabor had tied the game at 43.

Ediger caught fire with a three-pointer and scored Tabor’s first 12 points of the period to single-handedly contribute to a 12-3 run that put the Bluejays in front, 55-46 with 5:50 to play. Ediger scored 17 of her game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter, concluding her scoring for the night with her fifth three-pointer after Sterling had closed within 61-58. Reid scored off a turnover after that, and the closest the Warriors got was within five. In the end, Tabor secured a seven-point victory.

Two Bluejays joined Ediger in double-digit scoring: Reid scored 11 points, and Tena Loewen, 10.

Julian Winton
Julian Winton
Men—Tabor trailed only briefly in a 74-63 victory over Sterling Wednesday.

Tullio Parry made a pair of threes in the first 2:21, but Sterling took the lead, 8-6. Lance Carter erased the deficit with a three-pointer, scoring the game’s next seven points, and the Bluejays never trailed again.

When Sterling drew within 13-12, Tabor went on an 11-1 run capped by an alley-oop by Julian Winton, assisted by Carter.

Tabor maintained its 11-point margin at halftime, 29-18. Sterling made just 16 percent of its first-half field goal attempts (6-for-37). Tabor made 36 percent (12-for-33).

Both teams improved offensively in the second half, with Tabor shooting 50 percent (15-for-30) and Sterling, 53 percent (16-for-30). However, the Bluejays took command with a 24-10 run after the break to lead by 25, 53-28. Seven Bluejays contributed points during that stretch, led by Davaghndre Jones with six. Not long after, coach Micah Ratzlaff went to his bench. Tabor led by as many as 26, 58-32, after a Carter trey, and the Bluejays went on to win by 11.

Carter led all scorers with 15 points and had nine assists. Parry and Winton each scored 14 points.

Coming—Tabor will travel to York Saturday, where the women will play at 5 p.m. and the men will play at 7 p.m.

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