The No. 2 Tabor women hosted No. 3 Southwestern Saturday night, and the home team struggled getting shots to fall and came up on the short side of a 57-46 score.
The game began much the same way as the teams’ last meeting in Winfield Feb. 7, with the Moundbuilders jumping to a 9-0 lead before Tabor got on the board with a three-point basket by Nikki Lewis at 16:37. Momentum shifted to Tabor, however, when Tynan Honn scored on a traditional three-point play and followed with a defensive stop at the other end of the court. A free throw each by Lewis and Becky Bryan narrowed the Southwestern lead to 11-8 with 13:35 left in the opening half. Tabor again drew within three when Katlyn Mary scored off a steal, but the Moundbuilders gained some space, and a three-point basket at 9:08 gave the visitors a 21-12 lead. Tabor answered with a 7-0 run to draw within 21-19 at the 5:56 mark, but Southwestern maintained its lead and held a three-point, 25-22, advantage at halftime. Tabor committed 12 turnovers in the first half and shot 26 percent from the field (7-27).
The Bluejays turned on the heat after the break, with Amber Tamez narrowing the gap to 25-24 less than one minute into the second half. Molly Moran tied the game at 27 with a basket behind the arc, and a consecutive basket by Mary gave Tabor its first lead, 29-27, with 15:43 left to play. Tabor maintained a narrow advantage until a Moundbuilder three-point basket tied the game at 32. The Bluejays’ next three points came from the charity stripe, but Southwestern tied the game at 35 with a three-point play at the 12:00 mark. Tabor’s next shot missed its mark, and the Moundbuilders followed with a game-changing three-point basket to claim the lead for good, 38-35. Tabor struggled to get its shots to fall, and the next eight minutes saw only two Bluejay scores—both courtesy of Honn. The Moundbuilders, meanwhile, built a 52-39, double-digit lead at 4:20 from which Tabor could not recover. Despite a three-point basket by Moran at 3:18 that brought Tabor within 10 and a second-chance basket by Tamez at 1:25 that narrowed the gap to 52-44, the Bluejays cold not overcome the deficit and ended the game trailing by 11.
Tamez led the Bluejays with 10 points.