Bluejay women win two at Sterling

The Tabor College women’s basketball team won two games at the Sterling Classic last weekend.

The Bluejays opened competition with a 66-56 win over College of Saint Mary Friday.

Tabor endured a slow start, as the Flames built a 9-2 advantage and maintained it the duration of the first period, which ended with College of Saint Mary in the lead, 17-10.

The Bluejays won each of the next three quarters, however, outscoring the Flames, 19-16 in the second quarter to trail, 33-29 at halftime. Morgan Ediger and Madison Schmelzer each scored six points in the period, which saw the Bluejays trail by as many as 11 points, 31-20.

Tabor outscored the Flames, 20-16 in the third quarter to tie things up by the end of it. College of Saint Mary scored the first six points of the period, but with Tabor trailing, 44-34, the Bluejays outscored the Flames, 15-5, to end the quarter with the teams locked at 49 apiece.

From there, a 17-7 fourth quarter sealed Tabor’s win.

Tabor shot around 49 percent from the field in the game (25-for-51), compared with 39 percent for the Flames (23-for-59). The Bluejays outrebounded College of Saint Mary, 41-28.

Ediger led all scorers with 18 points. Amber Bonham added 12.

Saturday, the Bluejays concluded the tournament with a 63-54 victory over Johnson & Wales that gave coach Shawn Reed his 100th career win.

Tabor jumped to a 6-0 lead and enjoyed a 17-12 advantage after one quarter of play.

The Bluejays established themselves in the second quarter, outscoring John­son & Wales, 19-9.

The Wildcats made a three-pointer to start the period, but Kyli Webber answered with a trey of her own to start an 11-0 run that put the Bluejays in front by 13. Tabor led, 36-21 at halftime.

The teams played evenly through the third period, each scoring 16 points.

After Johnson & Wales closed within 44-37, Tabor scored the final eight points of the quarter to take a 52-37 lead into the final period.

The Wildcats rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring Tabor, 17-11, but the Bluejays had built a large enough lead to withstand the rally.

Tabor shot around 44 percent from the field (24-for-55) in the game, compared to 31 percent for the Wildcats (20-for-65). Tabor outrebounded the Wildcats, 44-34.

Coming—Tabor (3-2) was scheduled to play an exhibition game at Emporia State Tuesday.

The Bluejays will host Bethel (1-2) Thursday at 6 p.m. in their first KCAC game of the season.

Tabor will continue conference play Saturday at Sterling (4-0), where game time is set for 5 p.m.