Tabor women step up to knock off rival Sterling

Tabor College post player Kristyn Wedel scores two of her team-high 15 points in a battle between KCAC title contenders.
Tabor College post player Kristyn Wedel scores two of her team-high 15 points in a battle between KCAC title contenders.
As Tabor’s floor leader and top scorer watched from the bench in street clothes, her teammates stepped up in a big way Tues­­day to knock off Sterling College, 65-55, to tie a bow on the team’s pre-Christmas schedule.

The Warriors came in deadlocked with Tabor and Friends for the top spot in the KCAC. But the Bluejays jumped to a 7-2 lead in about 21⁄2 minutes, pushed it to 16-3 midway through the first quarter and finished it with a 25-10 lead. Eight Bluejays contributed points.

With a cast on the broken wrist of her non-shooting arm, Morgan Ediger could only cheer on her teammates—and that proved to be enough. By halftime, Tabor’s lead grew to 42-20, thanks in part to seven 3-point baskets in nine attempts.

“We were fortunate to play well off the back, kind of getting some momentum going, and that really helped,” Reed said.

Only the stoutest of fans could have expected Tabor to maintain its 59 percent shoot­ing accuracy through the second half.

And the Bluejays didn’t, cooling to 35 percent accuracy in the final two quarters. But they were able to maintain a 19-point lead at 60-41 by the time the quarter ended.

Tabor was still leading by 17 points at 65-48 with four minutes to play, when Ster­ling launched a late 7-0 run to end the game with only a 10-point deficit.

“In the second half, I think we missed some good shots—but what can you do about that?” Reed said. “(Sterling) started doing some stuff that bugged us, so we had to go zone a little bit. In the fourth quarter, that helped us get (Sterling) back down a little bit where we wanted them.”

Post player Kristyn Wedel scored 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting to lead the Jays. Leiszler added 13 points and Bonham 10 to round out the double-digit scorers. Kylah Comley of Sterling led all scorers with 17 points.

For the game, Tabor shot 46 percent (27-58) from the floor and 50 percent (8-16) from behind the arc.

Sterling managed 41 percent shooting (23-58) from the floor and 10 percent (1-10) from 3-point land.

With the duration of Ediger’s absence unknown, Reed is hoping his team can continue its winning ways while the standout sophomore heals.

“We’re just going to have to do it by committee and just keep working at it,” he said.

With the victory, Tabor improved to 7-1 in the KCAC and 9-3 for the season. Ster­ling slipped to 6-2 and 7-4.

Coming—Tabor will continue its extended homestand with the return of the Holiday Classic. The Bluejay women will host Valley City State University on Dec. 29 with a 6 p.m. tip off. The following day, they will host Hastings College with the games starting at 5 p.m.