The Tabor College basketball teams swept Sterling Thursday to improve to 17-0 in KCAC play.
Women?Tabor used a second-half defensive lockdown effort to defeat Sterling handily, 66-42.
The Bluejays limited the Warriors to 18 points in the second half?nine in each quarter?while scoring 35 points on 13-of-30 shooting from the field (43 percent).
Aside from a 2-2 tie, Tabor led from start to finish. Following the early tie, Tabor scored six unanswered points and maintained that margin for a 17-11 lead at the first break.
The Warriors scored twice to trim Tabor?s lead to 17-15, then Kayla Wilgers drained a three-pointer. Jurnee Reid and Morgan Ediger later contributed to a 6-0 run, and by the time Ediger reached seven points for the quarter with a three-pointer, Tabor?s lead was in double figures, 31-20. Sterling scored twice to close the half, making it 31-24 at halftime.
Tabor outscored Sterling, 25-9, in the third quarter. The period began with a 10-2 Bluejay run. Four Bluejays contributed to the effort. Ediger later drained a pair of treys in less than a minute, then Tena Loewen scored Tabor?s next seven points. Nicole Decker closed the quarter with a basket to increase the margin to 56-33.
The Bluejays enjoyed their largest lead, 64-37, after Taylor Hurd made a pair of free-throws, and coach Shawn Reed cleared his bench en-route to the 24-point win.
Ediger led all scorers with 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. Loewen also scored in double figures with 11 points.
Tabor forced 21 turnovers in the game.
Men?Tabor clinched at least a share of the KCAC title with a 79-67 victory over Sterling Thursday.
The Warriors took the lead out of the gate, but Davaghndre Jones scored twice to put Tabor in front for good, 4-3. Jones scored eight of Tabor?s first 11 points, and a 9-0 run courtesy of Jones, Lance Carter and D?Marco Smith put the Bluejays in front by double figures, 16-5.
Smith, Tullio Parry and Alan Urrutia each made a three-pointer in a two-minute span, then John Jedneak scored Tabor?s next eight points. By the time Smith drained another trey, Tabor?s lead was 36-19.
The teams more or less traded scores the duration of the half, giving Tabor a 44-29 advantage at intermission.
The Bluejays outscored Sterling, 18-8, to start the second half. Seven Bluejays contributed to the effort, which was capped by a basket by Parry with 12:39 to play, giving Tabor its largest lead of the night, 62-37.
Tabor continued to battle, and coach Micah Ratzlaff cleared his bench en-route to the 12-point win.
Smith led the Bluejays with 15 points. Jedneak added 14, Jones 13, Carter 12 and Malik Brooks 10.
Coming?Tabor will host Saint Mary Saturday. The women will play at 5 p.m. The men will play at 7 p.m.
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