Bluejays win first of season at home


Molly Dick attacks the basket against Mid-America Christian guard Melissa Aguilar and forward April Hale. Dick finished with eight points and four rebounds in a 66-57 loss.

The Tabor College women?s basketball team picked up its first win of the season Nov. 17 against Northwestern Oklahoma State, but dropped its next two non-conference games at the Sterling Classic Friday and Saturday.

The Bluejays were outscored 40-22 in the first half of a 63-45 rout versus York on Friday and came up short in a well-contested 66-57 loss against Mid-America Christian.

The Bluejays took a 9-2 lead 3:15 into the game against Mid-America, and ramped that lead to 25-17 with 8:05 left before the halftime break.

Most of the gains were caused by the success of the Bluejays? press defense, which produced 15 opposition turnovers in the first half.

But after MacKenzie Dick buried the 3-pointer that boosted Tabor?s lead to eight points, Mid-America scored six consecutive points; Dick then hit a second three, but the Evangels took a 34-32 lead into the intermission.

The Bluejays trailed by as many as eight, but overcame that deficit in no small part because of back-to-back scores by Nicole Gentry.

Tabor tied it at 48-all, but gave a 3-pointer to Karina Trinidade 13 seconds later?and Mid-America expanded that lead to nine down the stretch.

Trinidade finished with 13 points to lead all of Mid-America?s scorers?10 Evangels finished with four or more points?while Tabor relied most heavily on Tynan Honn (15), Dick (13) and Gentry (12).

Stephanie Silvas had four points along with 10 rebounds.

Tabor?s shooting percentage plummeted from 46.2 (12 of 26) in the first half to 30.0 (9 of 30) in the second half.

York?Tynan Honn scored 17 points, but no other Bluejay cracked double digits. York?s top two scorers?Juliana Bassetto (23) and Carrie Berger (21)?nearly matched the Bluejays? total for the game.

Northwestern Oklahoma?Using a rotation of eight players in its first home game, Tabor locked down the visitors, forcing 29 turnovers and limiting the opposition to 31 percent from the field.

While the Bluejays as a team did not shoot the lights out, MacKenzie Dick provided a 3-point shooting threat that tilted the contest in Tabor?s favor. Dick shot 4-for-6 from the arc, and totaled 14 points.

The Bluejays would have turned the win into a rout had they matched Northwestern Oklahoma?s free throw percentage.

The visitors hit 72 percent of their 18 chances, while Tabor converted 15 of 27 attempts.

Coming?Tabor (1-4) will close out November with visits to Hastings and Doane over Thanksgiving weekend. The Bluejays are slated to play at 6 p.m. Friday at Hastings and at 5 p.m. Saturday at Doane.

The Bluejays open conference play Dec. 3 at Sterling.

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