Tabor women lose close game at Bethel

The Tabor women had a chance to tie the ball game with a three-pointer on the last possession of the game. The Bluejays failed to attempt a shot until a few seconds remained on the clock, resulting in a 66-63 loss to Bethel in Newton on Thursday night.

After a timeout with 20 seconds left to play, Andrea Robinson inbounded the ball to Vivian Olvera. With Bethel guarding the three point line, Olvera tried to shake a?Bethel defender. Unable to get an open look from three, Olvera passed the ball off to Robinson on the right wing. Robinson tried to lose her defender. She was able to get daylight for a second off a Sarah Wyckoff screen at the top of the key.

It was not enough daylight to get off a good shot because Robinson was immediately met by 6-foot Samantha Askew. Askew switched from guarding Wyckoff to Robinson when Wycoff screened Robinson?s defender, Hannah Blackburn.

Robinson found Olvera in the corner. Olvera was met by a swarm of Bethel defenders and dropped the ball inside to Wyckoff. Catching the ball directly in front of the basket in the lane, Wyckoff attempted a turnaround. The ball rolled off the front of the rim and into the hands of Bethel, who held the ball until the final buzzer sounded.

Tabor and Bethel battled back and forth the entire second half. Tabor held a lead late and had pulled to within one with 1:30 left to play. Bethel stole the ball on two consecutive Tabor possessions, holding the Bluejays scoreless for the last 1:30.

Rachael Buckman led all scorers with 21 points. Wood had 16 and Blackburn finished with 12 points, eight rebounds.

Tabor was led by Tynan Honn with 15 points, 13 rebounds. Wyckoff contributed 14 points and Vivian Olvera scored 13. Other scorers for Tabor were Andrea Robinson (7), MacKenizie Dick (7), Stephanie Silvas (6), and Tiffany Bulk (1).

Tabor fell to 3-8 in KCAC play and 4-17 overall. Tabor will travel to McPherson on Saturday.

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