Though the Tabor women fell just shy of making post-season play, they closed their season with a 4-1 run in the past three weeks, culminating in a double-overtime victory over Saint Mary at home Saturday.
?It was great to win four of our last five games and finish the last week with two wins,? said coach Shawn Reed. ?We?re disappointed we didn’t make the tournament, but we will keep fighting to improve and make the tournament a reality next year.?
With the win, Tabor ended its season tied for eighth in the KCAC at 5-13 and a 7-21 mark overall. The Bluejays lost 12 games this year by 11 points or less.
?Most teams that lose in that fashion would give up, and this group hasn?t given up,? Reed said. ?I really want to praise them for that. They have hung in there, they?ve fought, they?ve done what I asked. They?re learning.
?Despite all the setbacks we?ve had, on the court and off the court, they?re hanging in there and I?m really proud of them for that.?
Saint Mary?Tabor capped the season in fine style with a 66-62 double-overtime win Saturday.
?It was a great comeback win,? said coach Shawn Reed. ?The team really fought hard to win in double overtime.?
The Bluejays struggled in the first half, making just four baskets from the field on their way to 11 points. The Spires held a 24-11 lead at the break.
But Tabor went to work in the second half, whittling away at Saint Mary?s lead until Katlyn Mary scored at 7:57 to give the Bluejays their first lead, 34-33.
?(Mary) played great,? Reed said. ?She was a key factor and made lots of key buckets.?
Tabor led by as many as five points in the next few minutes, but the Spires rallied to tie the game at 45-45 on a three-pointer with 37 seconds on the clock. The Bluejays missed an opportunity to win in regulation.
Tabor trailed early in the first extra period, but Tynan Honn scored with 20 seconds left to send the game into a second overtime.
The Bluejays then stormed away from Saint Mary, leading by as many as six points before claiming the four-point win.
Mary led Tabor with 23 points and Hannah Paust added 12. Honn fell just short of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Molly Dick led the team with 13 rebounds and added eight points.
Tabor out-rebounded Saint Mary, 60-49.
Sterling?Tabor pulled off an upset in its home rematch Thurs?day with Sterling, topping the Warriors, 50-35.
?I?m really proud of the team,? said coach Shawn Reed. ?(The win) means a lot to Tabor and it means a lot to the team.?
Tabor started with an 11-0 scoring run out of the gate and led 13-4 four minutes into the game. Sterling rallied for a nine-point burst to draw within one, but My-Chal Duncan scored for the Bluejays to make it 15-12 with 5:18 remaining.
The Warriors narrowed Tabor?s lead to one point 42 seconds later, but a basket by Katlyn Mary sparked an 8-2 run that included a three-pointer from Whitney Frise with 15 seconds left. Tabor closed the first half with a 23-16 lead.
The Bluejays have struggled at times to play two solid halves, but this time they quickly put those fears to rest by outscoring Sterling, 27-19, in the second half.
Mary sank a long three-pointer at 14:51 to give Tabor its first double-digit lead at 31-20. The Jays kept scoring consistently, but they really shone on the defensive end.
Tabor converted defense into offense, scoring off steals and giving a strong performance on the boards. The Jays practically shut down Sterling?s high-powered offense, allowing no baskets from the perimeter.
Mary was the only Bluejay in double digits with 14 points, but Honn and Frise each scored nine points, Paust added eight and Molly Dick added six. Duncan led on the glass with eight rebounds.
?We played for 40 minutes,? Reed said.
?When bad things happened, we didn?t get down, we hung in there.?