The women jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the opener, with
Kirsten Watson nailing a 3-point shot at 15:41. The lead grew to 11-3
on when Addie Cole finished off a pass from Joanna Pyle under the
basket, and to 15-5 on foul shots by Herman and Chelsea Malone. Tabor
led 25-15 with 2:46 left in the half, but Saint Mary put together a 5-0
run on the strength of five fast points by Lacy Leonard. Leonard
totaled 13 points in the half, but was held to only one field goal
Tabor led 27-22 at the break and broke the
game wide open with an 11-0 run to start the second frame. The Spires
scored their first basket of the period at 15:42?Leonard's first and
only points of the half?but by then, Tabor held an insurmountable 38-24
lead. A pair of steals by Kirsten Watson led to a pair of layups?one
for Addie Cole at 14:23 and one for Herman at 13:58?that made the
margin 20 points.?
?Herman and Watson left the game, but would
soon re-enter, as Tabor's organization at both ends of the court
suffered without either of its floor generals in action. Herman
re-entered at 10:43 and immediately drilled a 3-pointer from the top of
the key. On Tabor's next possession, Cole coralled a loose ball near
the Tabor bench and flipped it to Cheri Mount, who dished off to
Herman, who took a dribble toward the right elbow and nailed a pull-up
jumper for a 46-26 lead. The lead reached 29 when Pyle threw in a
2-point jump shot from the left corner and reached 30 when Stephanie
Silvas stripped the Saint Mary point guard for an easy fast break layup
with 2:20 to go.? In the closing seconds, Katie Mount swished a
3-pointer for 74-32 advantage.
?All told 10 Bluejays found the scoresheet, though only Pyle and Herman reached double figures. Pyle had 15.
men's game followed a similar arc, as the Bluejays built a 9-4 lead on
their way to a 33-31 halftime lead. Mike Rousell sparked the strong
start with 10 first-half points.
Saint Mary faded rapidly late in
the second half, and Tabor's dominate effort in the paint and from
3-point range certainly did not help the Spires cause. Having topped 50
percent with a 13-for-25 effort in the first half, the Bluejays found
another gear in the second half, going 18 of 27 from the floor and 5 of
8 from the arc.
With nearly 67 percent of their shots falling,
the Bluejays scored their first 12 points of the half from 3-point
range. Saint Mary slowed the Bluejays momentarily and whittled the
Tabor lead from 45-37 to 52-51. But when Kyle De Blonk crashed down the
left side of the lane on a dribble-drive, then cut across the paint and
pinpointed Mike Stoecker for a wide-open 2-pointer at the right elbow,
an avalanche of easy baskets followed.
On the subsequent trip,
Jordan Funk and Stoecker played a 2-man game on the right wing side,
with Funk feeding Stoecker in the post and Stoecker kicking the ball
out to Funk, who found an easy pull-up jumper on the right side of the
key. It was Stoecker's turn on the next possession, and he scored a
10-foot shot assisted by Whitelaw on right wing. A hustling Orson
Thomas kept the next possession alive for Tabor, as he tipped a loose
ball amid two Spires? in better position to catch the rebound, and the
ball went off a Saint Mary player out of bounds. On the inbounds play,
Thomas set a screen for Jared Hett who took the inbounds pass in the
right corner and whistled a 3-pointer through the net.
later, Hett scored a 2-pointer set up by Thomas. Thomas scored Tabor's
next six points, including a 3-point play set up when Zach Vanselow
threaded an interior pass to him through a keyhole for an easy score
plus the foul and free throw. Saint Mary scored for the first time in
5:16 on a pair of foul shots by D'Mario Newton. Newton led the Spires
with a team-high 15 points, but the foul shots hardly slowed the run.
Thomas put an exclamation point on the end of the 17-2 outburst with a
dunk at 4:59.
Short two starters for the remainder of the game,
Saint Mary went to its bench at with 4:43 to go, and the Bluejays
followed suit at the 2:56 mark. Lance Barr shook off a clobbering in
the lane and tacked on one final highlight reel layup with 1:19 to go.
Whitelaw led all Bluejay scorers with 15 points, but the whole
starting lineup finished right on his heels: Thomas, Hett and Rousell
each totaled 13, and Vanselow notched 12.
Coming–the Bluejays face Friends Saturday in Hillsboro. The women play at 5 p.m. and the men follow at 7.