Jays win big over Friends

Mallory Zuercher draws a foul during the first quarter against Friends. She made the basket and the free throw to complete the three-point play. Zuercher led all scorers with 15 points in Tabor?s 82-64 win.

The Tabor College women?s basketball team made more than half of its shots from the floor in an 82-64 victory over Friends Tuesday.

The Bluejays shot more than 54 percent from the field in the game (32-59) while limiting the visiting Falcons to just less than 34 percent (20-59).

?For the most part, we stayed calm with the basketball,? coach Shawn Reed said. ?We used fakes. We only had 15 turnovers, and they only had seven steals. They average a ton of steals, and that’s how they create offense is through their defense. One way we scored was on the fast break before they could set up their (defense).

?We got some nice shots at the rim, some layups. I thought we made good cuts and took good shots.?

The win gave Reed his first regular-season victory over Friends in his Tabor career. Reed?s only other win over Friends came in the 2013-14 KCAC tournament semifinals, which broke a seven-game losing streak against the Falcons dating back to the 2010-11 season.

?It feels like a big monkey off my back, I can tell you that,? Reed said. ?To win it pretty definitively is a good thing.?

The Bluejays burst out of the gate with six unanswered points and ended the first quarter with a string of six to enjoy a 19-9 lead at the end of the period after Mallory Zuercher made a last-second basket.

Friends closed the gap to 23-17 with back-to-back three-pointers, but Tabor regained a double-digit advantage, 29-19, when Taylor Hurd scored with 5:26 left in the half. Tabor later enjoyed an 8-0 run, during which Amber Bonham and Kayla Wilgers drained consecutive threes, and the Bluejays built a 39-27 lead by halftime.

Tabor maintained its double-digit margin through the third quarter to lead, 54-37 heading into the final break. The fourth quarter saw an increase in scoring, with Tabor holding a slight advantage, 28-27. In the end, the Bluejays cruised to the 18-point win.

Zuercher led all scorers with 15 points. Kaleigh Troxell and Morgan Ediger each added 11. Jurnee Reid grabbed 10 rebounds to go with her eight points.

Coming?Tabor (3-0, 4-5) will play at Bethany (0-2, 3-5) Thursday at 6 p.m. The Bluejays will host Haskell Indian Nations Monday at 7 p.m. in a non-conference game.

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