Tabor women get two big wins, men drop two games

The Lady Bluejays already have two wins since winter break with a contest against Kansas Wesleyan at home on Jan. 2.

Going into the game, Kansas Wesleyan was 8-1 while Tabor was 7-2 in the conference. Tabor’s 69-63 victory moved them into a tie with Kansas Wesleyan for second in the conference.

Tabor was down early in the game, but came back with a strong fourth quarter. They did not shoot that well going zero of seven from the three point arc, but they made up for it with their defense. Kansas Wesleyan turned the ball over 24 times which was the difference in the game.

Senior Kristen Wedel was one of the scoring leaders with 15 points on seven of nine shooting with four rebounds. Senior Taylor Deniston also scored 15 points.

Tabor women then played away at Avila University on Jan. 5. Both teams had a slow start to the game with only 16 combined points in the first quarter. The game picked up in the following quarters with Tabor finishing with a strong fourth quarter where they scored 32 points to Avila’s 18 points.

The teams had balanced scoring with four players in double figures. The final score was 71-51.

The women are now ranked 19th in the nation with a 9-2 record in conference.

The Tabor men struggled returning from the break. They lost both at home to Kansas Wesleyan and on the road at Avila.

The Bluejays came out strong at the beginning of the Kansas Wesleyan game, but they could not hold onto the lead. They still had a 16-9 lead halfway through the first half, but then they struggled to take control of the ball. After turning it over 22 times, Tabor lost 72-59. Shawntez Scroggins led in scoring with 15 points.

At the Avila game, Tabor again kept the game close in the first half, but they were unable to keep it close in the second half.

All who scored did not hit double figures. Tevin Berry and Nick Lee lead the scoring with nine points each. The final score was 80-61.

Both teams played at York on Jan. 7 prior to press time. The games at York make the end of the first half of conference, and the Thursday home games against Southwestern starts the second half of conference play.

They will play a big game on Saturday at Sterling. Women play at 5 p.m. against the 11th nationally ranked Sterling women. The men play at 7 p.m.